Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs

This easy recipe for Spiked Hot Apple Cider is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Made with cinnamon sticks, star anise, clove, allspice, fresh oranges and a spiced rum to warm you right up!

Looking for a kid friendly hot apple cider recipe? My Crockpot Hot Apple Cider is easy and delicious!

Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Oh my goodness you guys. I feel like this past week I could barely keep my eyes open. Even right now as I’m typing they are burning and tired.

Now, I know that I have a 10 month old, so I’m still in that “tired mom” phase. But I feel like I make myself rest. Although, last week was a crazy week so maybe I didn’t rest in the way my body needed. I literally feel like I could go to bed at 8pm tonight and be perfectly fine with it.

The last time I went through this I found out I had a big vitamin b12 deficiency and that I was slightly anemic. Sheesh. The doctors remedy … I had to get a shot of B12 vitamin in my butt and had to start taking sublingual iron pills. Hoping that’s not the case this time.

hot spiked mulled apple cider in a big dutch oven pot

Ok. Moving on.

Around the holidays my mom was known for her Apple Cider. She would start it in the morning, throw in her spices and citrus and let it cook on the stove all day. By the time company was over the hot apple cider was ready and believe me when I say it was gone by the end of the night. When I think holidays and family, this drink comes to mind.

NOW… when my mom would make it, she made the kid friendly version. (a.k.a. no daddy juice — err liquor) and I have that recipe on my site here –> Crock Pot Apple Cider.


side view of hot spiked mulled apple cider in cups with cinnamon sticks

But this version is for the mommy’s and daddy’s and trust me when I say, it’ll warm you right up!

Let’s start with a few basic things.



What is Mulled Hot Apple Cider?

It is apple cider that is flavored with citrus and spices. It’s simmered on the stove or in a crock pot for a couple hours to let all the flavor combine so it has a “spiced” taste to it – that’s where the “mulled” comes in. Typically mulled cider is served warm and is freakin delicious!

side view of hot spiked mulled apple cider recipe in cups

How Do You Make Mulled Hot Apple Cider?

  1. Add apple juice, cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, allspice and ginger to a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 2-3 hours.
  3. To make it “spiked” add in rum, brandy or bourbon and simmer an additional 10 minutes.

Easy peasy! Literally you throw everything into the hot tub and forget about it. That’s part of the reason I love this recipe so much.

Well, that and the flavor is amazing! You taste the star anise, the cinnamon and cloves and of course the rum warms your tummy right up! It’s a must make this time of year! Comforting and delicious! Nothing better than that. Oh and this recipe makes enough for 16, so it’s a great party cocktail!

Cheers friends and Happy Thanksgiving!

overhead view of hot spiked mulled apple cider in a cup with garnish

side photo of hot mulled apple cider recipe with rum

Hot Spiked Mulled Apple Cider

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 3 hours
  • total_time Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • yield Yield: 16 1x
  • category Category: Drinks
  • method Method: stove
  • cuisine Cuisine: american


This easy recipe for Spiked Hot Apple Cider is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Made with cinnamon sticks, star anise, clove, allspice, fresh oranges and a spiced rum to warm you right up!



  • 1 gallon unfiltered apple juice or apple cider
  • 1 large orange, cut into 1/4” slices
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 1” ginger root, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups spiced rum (I used Captain Morgan)


  1. To a large 10 qt dutch oven, add apple juice, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole cloves, whole allspice and ginger root. (If you have a spice ball, add clove and allspice to that. It’s easier cleanup after wards.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cover for 2-3 hours.
  3. Add rum to the apple cider mixture.
  4. Remove fruit and spices from the pot.
  5. Serve!

(optional: garnish with orange slices, apple slices or spices)


This recipe can be made in a Crock Pot as well. Add all the ingredients (except rum) to the crock pot. Turn Crock Pot to LOW and cook for 2-3 hours. Add rum and serve.


  • Serving Size: 8 oz.
  • Calories: 159
  • Sugar: 23 g
  • Sodium: 1 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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35 Responses
  1. Em

    Just made a half batch today to test the recepie before Thanksgiving and it was delicious! I will say that I’m glad I tested beforehand, though. I did a half gallon batch and after the 2 1/2 hour simmer time, I ended up with a little over a half left over from my start of a half gallon. I didn’t realise so much would burn off in the cook time. Otherwise the recepie itself is delicious:) so with the plan of serving at two Thanksgivings, I’ll definitely be making a two gallon batch of this!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Honestly I wouldn’t. I would place in a dutch oven on the stove before I did it in the instant pot. But you can definitely give it a go and let us know how it turns out!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Hey Howard. I usually do put the cover on. Just didn’t add whether to cover or not to cover in the instructions. Just added it. 🙂

  2. Laura Kate

    Yuuuum. I’m planning on making this for thanksgiving in my crock pot. When I add the rum, do you think it’s okay to leave it on warm so that people can just ladle the drink right out of the warm crock pot? Or do you think it’ll cook out the alcohol?

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Yes, it will cook the out. I would leave the cider itself in the crockpot to scoop out and then the rum on the side in case some people don’t want to add it in.

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Correct, which is why I don’t recommend letting it simmer after you add the rum. I say add rum, remove spices/citrus and serve. If you plan to have it at a party I’d recommend NOT adding the rum, leaving the cider on to simmer to keep it warm with the rum near the cider for people to add if they’d like. 🙂

  3. Carol

    This is a great recipe! Thanks. Made it tonight for a Covid fire pit on a cold night and every drop is gone. We will make this again for sure. BTW, I used anise extract because we couldn’t fine the star anise where we are. I used 1 tsp in place of the 4 stars. Everyone who tried it came back for seconds, and even thirds. It’s delicious and the house smelled wonderful while I was making it.

  4. Anthony Allen

    I love that this is spiced…I want to come home to this warm sweet drink on a long fall day after work!!! Thanks for your sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  5. Cassie Autumn Tran

    Aw, I hope you find the time to rest up and gain the energy you need and deserve. I can only imagine the first few stages of motherhood being the most taxing but emotionally fulfilling at the same time. Even though I figured that apple cider really isn’t that different from apple juice, I MUCH prefer it over apple juice any day! The warming spices actually make a significant difference in its aroma and flavor. This fancy spiked drink looks magnificent and would probably make your parents proud 🙂

  6. Chrissie Baker

    Oh my goodness this cocktail look absolutely amazing! It truly looks delicious! Good idea for holidays. I bet those flavors are amazing! Cannot wait to try this! Love!

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