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close up side view of a mason jar mug filled with mulled apple cider, with apples and spices on the side, on a brown board with a light brown background.
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5 from 9 votes

Mulled apple cider

This mulled apple cider is easy to make and is a wonderful warming drink for colder months and festive occasions. This version is made with non alcoholic cider making it a kid friendly treat the whole family can enjoy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Austalian
Keyword: apple, apple cider, apple juice, Autumn, Christmas, Christmas drinks, cinnamon, cloudy apple juice, Fall, family friendly, festive, kid friendly, non alcoholic, punch, Winter
Servings: 8 cups


  • 2 medium apples
  • 2 medium oranges
  • ½ gallon (2 litres) non alcoholic apple cider or cloudy apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 star annise
  • ½ inch fresh ginger root


  • Slice oranges into thick slices and add to a large pot.
  • Slice apples. For extra prettyness you can cut star shapes out of the apple slices and add to pot.
  • Gently shake apple cider/juice and add to pot
  • Add spices and put lid on the pot
  • Bring to boil then simmer on low for 30 mins, stirring occasionally
  • To serve scoop out the spices with a slotted spoon and ladle into mugs or heat proof glasses.

Slow cooker instructions

  • Add sliced oranges and apples, apple cider and spices to slow cooker.
  • Put the lid on and cook on high for one hour or low for two hours.
  • Scoop out the spices with a slotted spoon and switch to warm if available.
  • The slow cooker method is a great option for a crowd if you have guests coming over, it can sit on warm and guests can help themselves throughout the day.


Use non alcoholic cider or cloudy apple juice to make this family friendly.
Or make it boozy by using alcoholic (hard) cider and adding half a cup of brandy or your favourite liquor that pairs with apple.