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Spiked Mulled Cider #SundaySupper

Spiked Mulled Cider

This spiked mulled apple cider is full of warming spice flavor with a little bit of a kick - the perfect winter cocktail to warm you through and through!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Holiday Cocktail, Spiked Cider, Spiked Mulled Cider, Winter Cocktail Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 180kcal


  • 4 cups apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 strips orange peel
  • 4 oz brandy or apple brandy, rum, spiced rum


  • Put all of the ingredients except the rum in a small pan and warm over a low heat. Gently bring to almost a simmer and warm for approx 30 minutes without boiling.
  • Put 1 oz of brandy in the bottom of 4 glasses and top each up with the warm cider, straining off the spices and orange peel as you go. Serve warm.


Slow Cooker: You can also prepare this in the slow cooker. Instead of putting everything apart from the rum in a pot, place all ingredients in a slow cooker and warm on low for approximately 2 - 4 hours. Then serve as above, putting the brandy in the bottom of the glasses as you serve.
Don't rush it: the flavors from the spices need time to evolve, so let them have it.
Whole Spices: use a few different whole spices rather than a ready-made blend. Whole spices save you getting bits of spice residue in your drink and each spice adds a different flavor which you can adjust to taste.
Apple Juice: use a good apple juice as a base. Our Spiked Mulled Cider is all about the apple, so try to get an unfiltered apple cider/juice as a base. Try to avoid juice from concentrate, it's just not the same.
Spike it:  with a spirit that pairs well with apples such as brandy, apple brandy, rum, or spiced rum.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.5mg