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A clear glass mug of mulled apple cider with a cinnamon stick and white pumpkins, spices, and a towel on a white table.

Mulled Apple Cider

An easy, warm, and delicious apple cider drink with cinnamon, cardamom, and more. We also show you how to make a spiked version.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword hot cider, mulled apple cider, mulling spices
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 18 servings
Calories 105 kcal
Author Linda Meyer


  • 1- gallon apple cider see note
  • 3 cinnamon sticks see note
  • 4 whole cardamom seeds
  • ¼ cup allspice berries
  • 2 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1/3 cup dried orange peel
  • 1 to 2 oz whiskey (optionasee note


  1. Pour the cider in a large pot and bring to a low boil. Immediately reduce the heat to a low simmer and add the mulling spices (see note). Simmer for 30 minutes and use a fine mesh sieve/colander to strain the spices.

Recipe Notes

    You can use apple juice to make this; however, the flavor won’t be as rich.
    Feel free to use store-bought mulling spices, just follow the instructions on the packet for measurements.
    Rum is also delicious in cider.
    If you don’t want to strain the spices you can wrap them in a cheese cloth or put them in a nut milk bag.
    A small serving size is 8 oz and a large is 12 oz.
Nutrition Facts
Mulled Apple Cider
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 223mg6%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.