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Spiked mulled apple cider

This spiked mulled apple cider is wonderfully warming and perfect for a cold day. With a little kick, too, if you choose to go the spiked route!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 4 cups apple cider / unfiltered apple juice 950ml (1 quart)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 strips orange peel
  • 4 oz brandy 120 ml, or apple brandy, rum, spiced rum


  • Put all of the ingredients except the rum in a small pan and warm over a low heat. Gently bring to almost a simmer and warm for approx 30 minutes without boiling.
  • Put 1 oz of brandy in the bottom of 4 glasses and top each up with the warm cider, straining off the spices and orange peel as you go. Serve warm.


Note - you can also prepare this in the slow cooker - instead of putting everything apart form the rum in a pot, place all in a slow cooker and warm on low for approximately 2 - 4 hours, as suits. Then serve as above, putting the brandy in the bottom of the glasses as you serve.


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 238mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.3mg