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Hot Spiked Mulled Apple Cider

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 3 hr
  • Total Time: 3 hr 5 min
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: drinks, cocktails, holiday, thanksgiving, christmas, new years, gluten free
  • Method: stove
  • Cuisine: american


Easy Hot Spiked Mulled Apple Cider a fun cocktail for the holiday season! This Mulled Cider is filled with cinnamon sticks, star anise, clove, all spice, 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 for 2-3 hours.
  3. Add rum to the apple cider mixture and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  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 cook an additional 10 minutes. 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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