Mulled Cider

It is not even winter officially, and we have had more snow in a single storm, than we received the entire year last year. Parts of my driveway were knee deep, with drifts up to my crotch. Considering most of us have been been quite sedentary for the last 9 months, I am sure that there are a lot of aching muscles out there, I know I feel old this evening.

Once one is out and about, and chilled to the bone, one does not just warm up, one needs a jolt of warmth internally, with a sugar kick, maybe some vitamin C to help ward of any rhino-virus, and a bit of self administered anesthetic would not be a good idea

Enter hot, spiced, spiked, apple cider. I am told that what I am doing is mulling the cider, similar to mulling wine. (Yes, Dear)

No matter, a hot shower, a large 20 oz mug of this, with a couple of shots of decent bourbon, and a sit in from of the fireplace, will soon make all right with the world

From Wikipeida:

Apple cider (also called sweet cider or soft cider or simply cider) is the name used in the United States and Canada for an unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic beverage made from apples. Though typically referred to simply as “cider” in the United States, it is not to be confused with the alcoholic beverage known as cider in other places, which is called “hard cider” in the US.

Apple cider is seasonally produced in autumn. It is traditionally served on the Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and various New Year’s Eve holidays, sometimes heated and mulled.

Natural raw cider is a specialty seasonal beverage, produced on-site at orchards and small rural mills in apple growing areas and sold there, at farmers markets, and some juice bars. Such traditional cider is typically made from a mixture of several different apples to give a balanced taste. Frequently blends of heirloom varieties such as Winesap, once among the most sought-after cider apples for its tangy flavor, are used. The US government requires that unpasteurized cider and juice have a warning label on the bottle.

Mulled Cider

Warm, citrusy, with a spicy kick, perfect for warming up after playing in the snow
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American, European
Servings 6 people
Calories 242 kcal


  • 8 cups Apple Cider
  • 1 ea Orange Juice, peels
  • 3 ea Star Anise
  • 6 ea Cloves
  • 2 ea Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup Liquor Bourbon, Rum, etc.. Optional


  • Combine all in saucepan
  • Simmer over low heat for ~ 10 minutes
  • Pour into large mugs and serve hot, garnish with a small dash of nutmeg.


Use filtered or unfiltered apple cider for this, or use 100% apple juice.
Living in the Hudson Valley acquiring real apple juice / cider is not an issue, elsewhere it may be more of a challenge.  Trying this with some of the canned “apple juices” was less than spectacular..
The spices are suggested, you may have other ideas.
The booze is optional, but depending on how cold it is outside, and how long you were out ….


Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 16mgPotassium: 335mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Apple, Boiled, Booze, Drink, Orange
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

  Filed under: American, Autumn, Drink, European, Liquor, Pub Food, Quick, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

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