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mulled apple cider served in clear mugs garnished with cinnamon sticks, star anise and cranberries on top of wooden surface

Mulled Apple Cider

Apple cider is simmered with mulling spices, cinnamon sticks, star anise pods, sliced apples and oranges to create a deliciously spicy beverage perfect for the holiday season!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Holiday
Servings 10 servings
Calories 120 kcal



  • Pour cider into a Dutch oven or a large, heavy-bottomed stock pot ad turn burner to low and bring cider to just below a simmer.
  • Wrap mulling spices in cheesecloth and add to the pot of cider. Add cinnamon sticks, sliced oranges, sliced apples, star anise pods and maple syrup and give cider a good stir. Cover pot and allow cider to cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Keep an eye on the cider as you don't want it to come to a boil. This shouldn't happen, however, with the burner on low.
  • Remove and discard mulling spices and serve cider warm in mugs. Garnish cider with apple slices, cinnamon sticks and cranberries if desired.


*the maple syrup adds a wonderful flavor to the cider and doesn't cause it to be overly sweet but is totally optional


Serving: 1cup, 8 ounceCalories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.3gSugar: 24g
Keyword apple cider, cider, mulled apple cider, mulled cider
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