It’s so simple to make and so good. Homemade mulled apple cider. The perfect accompaniment to your holiday celebrations. Sweet, spicy, warming and oh so cosy.
Mmmmm the scent of warm alcoholic mulled cider recipe wafting though the house smells just delicious.
This is a great drink to serve to guests as they arrive at autumn or winter parties. And our hot apple cider is perfect for sipping as you sit around a bonfire.
And best of all, it’s really, really easy to make.
Mulled Cider Recipe
Serves – 4 (easy to make more – plus see the slow cooker recipe below for serving a crowd)
Prep Time – 5 minutes
Cook Time – approx 10 minutes
Total Time – 15 minutes
Equipment Needed To Make Mulled Cider
- Chopping Board
- Sharp Knife
- Large Saucepan (or Crockpot or slow cooker)
- Sieve – for straining
- Ladle – for serving
- Cups or Hot Drink Glasses
Mulled Cider Spices
To make our delicious hot mulled cider recipe you’ll need a few warming spices. For every 1.5 litres of hot apple cider we use the following spice mix
- 1 large cinnamon stick
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 star anise – pick up whole spices in the herbs/spice section in the supermarket
- 6 whole cloves
You can add a couple of allspice berries or juniper berries to the mix if you like.
Mulled Cider Ingredients
You’ll just need a handful of ingredients for this seasonal mulled cider recipe
- 1.5 litres of cider – this is nice made with apple cider or cranberry apple cider works really well too and has a bit of a festive vibe.
- 2 thick slices of fresh orange
- 1 set of mulled cider spices – see above for mulling spices recipe
How To Make Mulled Cider
To make our best mulled cider recipe it’s super easy!
Step One – add the ingredients for hot apple cider to the saucepan
- Just pour 1.5 litres of apple cider into a saucepan, add a couple of orange slices, a cinnamon stick, a pinch of grated nutmeg, a few cloves and a couple of star anise.
Step Two – simmer the mulled cider on the hob
- Gently simmer on the stove, no need to boil, let the warming spices flavour the cider.
Step Three – serve your hot apple cider recipe
- Pour into mugs, and decorate with apple shapes if you like. I ladle this into mugs through a sieve to strain out any of the larger spices.
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Cooks Note! To make the floating apple decorations for on the top of the cider just thickly slice a couple of apples and then use a cookie cutter to cut out the star shapes.
Make Warmed Apple Cider Your Way…
- Use pear cider or the flavoured apple ciders like apple and cranberry or apple and blueberry.
- Add juniper berries – I do sometimes add juniper berries – although they remind me of Medieval Halls for some reason!
- If using cranberry cider, for a festive vibe, I serve this with some fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary as garnish.
- You can also serve the apple cider with a shot of brandy, whisky, bourbon, or rum if you like.
- And if you want to make this an alcohol free drink, just use apple juice, and mull the apple juice with the same mulling spices, when I do mulled apple juice I add in some fresh ginger too for a more earthy flavor.
Make Mulled Apple Cider In The Slow Cooker
If you’re throwing a winter party, and want to make a large batch of mulled cider, here’s how
Ingredients for 6 litres of mulled cider – party batch
- 6 litres apple or cranberry cider
- 6 slices of fresh orange
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 8 star anise
- 24 whole cloves
How to make mulled apple cider in the slow cooker
- Pour the cider into the slow cooker dish.
- Add the orange slices
- Add the mulling spices
- Heat on low for 8-10 hours.
- Strain before serving to remove the whole spices
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What Food To Serve With Mulled Cider
Sausages and pork go great with cider – check our delicious pork based recipes below!
- Pulled Pork – deliciously slowly cooked in a rich smoky BBQ sauce, pulled and stuffed into toasted brioche rolls. So good!
- Sausage Rolls – not just any sausage rolls! These ones have cheese and chutney tucked up with the sausage filling too. Perfect with mulled cider.
- Ultimate Sausage Sandwich – oh these are just the BEST sausage sandwiches, lightly toasted bread topped with caramelised onions, rocket, sausages and Parmesan shavings. Delicious!
More Warming Winter Drinks To Try
- Mulled wine – simmer up a pot of festive mulled wine with this really simple recipe.
- Salted caramel hot chocolate – up your hot chocolate game with our delicious caramel chocolate recipe – sparkler optional!
- Peanut butter hot chocolate – the creamiest, most delicious hot chocolate recipe ever. Perfect for snuggling up with on a cold day.
- Baileys Hot Chocolate – a wintery, cosy alcoholic hot chocolate that’s perfect for warming up with on a cold day!
- Hot Vimto – a warming, cosy wintery drink to wrap your hands around!
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- 1.5 litres of apple cider
- 2 slices of orange
- 1 cinnamon stick
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 star anise
- 6 cloves
- Pour the cider into a saucepan and add the oranges, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and star anise. Gently warm.
- Pour into mugs using a sieve to catch the spices.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 39gProtein: 1g
Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.
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