Recipe: Mulled Apple Cider

It’s that time of year, that time where the air is crisp, evenings are getting darker a bit earlier and you could use a hug from your nearest adult beverage to warm your heart…Yes, it’s Fall.

Apple cider

A warm glass of homemade mulled apple cider is in the cards.


Go on, take this cup o’ cheer to your next holiday gathering, or heck enjoy it for a mid-week evening treat. Whatever the case may be, the warmth and deliciousness will set you right into the season’s spirit.


Mulled Apple Cider

Mulled Cider
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This recipe is for a large batch (approximately 6 mugs full), you know, so that you can enjoy more than just one cup…or share. Feel free to keep this warm in a crock pot.



  • 1 quart water
  • 3 orange spice tea bags
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 11/2 cups light or spiced rum
  • 8 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 3 teaspoons butter



Bring the quart of water to a boil. Once to temperature, remove from the heat and place the orange spice tea bags in the water and let steep in the covered pot for about 5 minutes.


Orange Spice Tea for Mulled Apple Cider

Remove the tea bags and stir in the brown sugar, apple cider, rum and two cinnamon sticks.


Place the pot back over a low heat (do not boil).


Once all of the flavors have meld together and the mulled cider is warm enough, feel free to ladle into a mug and drop ½ teaspoon of butter onto the top of each cup. Garnish with a cinnamon stick for flavor, and also to swirl around that creamy buttery goodness you just placed over the top!


Sip cautiously, it may be warm.






Don’t Love Rum?


If rum isn’t your favorite, fear not, you can certainly swap out your spirit. Feel free to try:


Brandy, Rye Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch, or Cognac


Looking for a gluten-free option? Be sure to check out Gluten Free Drink Guide blog post and select your spirit wisely.


Only Have Regular Tea Bags?


Use that tea in your cupboard and just simply add your own spices in your spice cupboard.


  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • zest of ½ an orange


Can I Drink It Chilled?


Uhm…YES! This homemade cocktail is equally delicious served chilled.


Stick with the same instructions for brewing and making the cider then pop in the refrigerator to chill.


We do recommend skipping the butter addition with the cold drink, as it won’t melt, and may congeal once chilled if added into the warm mixture.



Food Pairing


The thing we love about hot mulled apple cider is that you can drink it alone as a dessert or alongside food to offer that extra holiday kick.


Encouraged Pairings:

Pork dishes work great with anything apple! Grilled, pan sautéed, oven-baked or even barbequed pork dishes are quite the compliment to this mulled cider.


Think an entire Thanksgiving dinner; it works as your go to beverage alongside your heaping plate of seasonal flavors.

Mulled Cider Pairing

Onto dessert. A scoop of plain vanilla ice cream with maybe a drizzle or two of caramel sauce and crunchy walnuts atop would be a great sweet pairing next to your warm mug of cider. The contrast of textures and cold to hot will have your taste buds dancing.


Avoid Pairing:

Well, honestly, we’re having a hard time finding any flavors that wouldn’t work with apple cider.


We say, “game on”, pair with anything you want!




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