Hot Holiday Drinks | Mulled Apple Cider Recipe

When it’s cold and snowing outside, there is nothing better to warm you up than hot holiday drinks.  Sure, I love a good Peppermint Mocha Latte, but I don’t always want a coffee drink. I know, that’s surpising, but sometimes I am in the mood for something a little bit different. My Mulled Apple Cider recipe is a refreshing change from coffee drinks that will warm you up and get you in the mood for the holidays.

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Hot Holiday Drinks | Mulled Apple Cider Recipe

This Mulled Apple Cider Recipe is similar to a Wassail that I’m sure you’ve heard in Christmas carols. It’s when you heat apple cider (not apple juice) just below the boiling point and add cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, cloves and other spices. Everyone has their own favorite spices to add to their apple cider.  I occasionally put cardamom in mine but our local store didn’t have any so this time I left it out. It’s still just as delicious.

Hot Holiday Drinks | Mulled Apple Cider Recipe

Mulled Apple Cider Recipe
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  • apple cider
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1/2 tsp crystalized ginger
  • 2 pieces of orange peel, pith removed


  1. Put all of the ingredients in a piece of cheese cloth or in a small linen bag. Tie shut.
  2. Place the bag in about 4 cups of apple cider in a pot.
  3. Simmer for about 15 minutes and then turn down to keep warm.
  4. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Type: Beverage

There are a lot of different hot holiday drinks to enjoy when the weather gets colder.  If this Mulled Apple Cider Recipe isn’t your thing, check out one of the hot holiday drinks in the collection above. When your guests come in from the cold, I’m sure they’ll enjoy warming up with something hot to drink.

Hot Holiday Drinks | Mulled Apple Cider Recipe

For an easy holiday gift, make your own mulling spices. Multiply the quantities above by 5 or 10 and place in a Mason jar for a great DIY gift.

Hot Holiday Drinks | Mulled Apple Cider Recipe


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  1. A yummy spice combination! Sounds absolutely delicious and perfect for this weather!
  2. Oh, that sounds lovely. I love apple cider!
  3. My son loves apple cider. I will have to try making it for him and see if it is something he likes.
  4. These look so good! Apple Cider is my favorite!
  5. This sounds absolutely fantastic and so refreshing for this time of year. Definitely something to sip by the Christmas tree. 
  6. Ooh...makes me want some! It's only cold here in Florida for about 20 minutes, but a nice hot cup of cider for those 20 minutes would be delicious!
  7. I had a friend that was just asking about a recipe like this. Glad I came across this to share with her.
  8. vegetarianmamma (Cindy) says:
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party!  I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest!  :)  I can't wait to see what you share next time!  -Cindy


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