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Hot Spiked Cranberry Mulled Apple Cider

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 min
  • cook_time Cook Time: 3 hr
  • total_time Total Time: 3 hr 5 min
  • yield Yield: 20 1x
  • category Category: Cocktail, Holiday, Crock Pot, Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Drinks, Gluten Free
  • method Method: Crock Pot
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


This Hot Spiked Cranberry Mulled Cider recipe is the perfect holiday drink for a crowd. An easy cocktail made in the crock pot with apple cider, cranberry juice, cinnamon, clove, star anise, orange slices and spiked with spiced rum.



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


  1. To crock pot, add apple cider, cranberry juice, orange slices and cinnamon sticks. Then to a spice ball add star anise, whole cloves and whole allspice.
  2. Simmer for 2-3 hours.
  3. Add rum to the mulled apple cider mixture.
  4. Remove fruit and spices from the pot.
  5. Serve!

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


  • Serving Size: 8 oz.
  • Calories: 154
  • Sugar: 28 g
  • Sodium: 50 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g

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