Hot Mulled Cider

Aimee Dierbeck
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Comfort Food
Servings 8 people


  • 1 Gallon Apple Cider
  • 1 Orange
  • 4 Whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • 15 Whole Allspice Berries
  • 12 Whole Cloves
  • (optional) 6 whole cardamom pods
  • (optional) ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • (optional) brown sugar or honey to taste


  • Pour the cider into a large saucepan, place it over medium heat and cover.
  • Cut the orange into ¼” - ½” thick slices. Add orange to the saucepan and recover.
  • Wrap the cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, cloves and any other optional spices in a clean cheesecloth or fabric cooking bag. Add to the saucepan.
  • Cook uncovered, occasionally stirring and pressing spice bag, until hot and fragrant. Turn heat down to warm.
  • Ladle into a mug, garnish with a cinnamon stick, and enjoy!


  • If you like it on the sweeter side, add a little brown sugar or honey.
  • Sconnie it up with a splash of brandy, bourbon or rum.
  • Turn it into a dessert treat with a drizzle of caramel and whipped cream.