Mom's Mulled Cider

Tam D


I fiddled with recipes for several years before finally settling on this combination, and it's been a well-guarded secret. My whole family loves it, and friends often request it. We've even used it for fundraisers. Hot spiced cider is a family tradition -- we just couldn't have Fall and Winter without it. In fact, I have a party-size coffee maker designated just for cider, because my family consumes it by the gallon :) It's warm and fragrant and delicious. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

★★★★★ 1 vote
makes 1 Gallon
10 Min
30 Min
No-Cook or Other


1 c
brown sugar
2 tsp
whole allspice
2 tsp
whole cloves
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
2 stick
2 tsp
orange peel or zest
1 gal
apple cider -- not juice


1Pour cider into pot. I use a party-sized coffee maker, but you could use a large dutch oven or stock pot.
2Mix the remaining ingredients together and place them in the basket of the coffee maker.

If you're using a pot on the stove, you can stir in the sugar, then tie up the spices in a piece of cheesecloth. Or just let them float, and strain as you serve.
3Plug it in, and let it perk until it's done. The perking time varies from about 20-45 minutes, depending on the pot.
Or heat to almost boiling, then reduce heat to simmer 30-60 min. Then reduce heat just to keep warm.

It's ready to enjoy. The flavors get richer and deeper as it stays warm in the pot.
4NOTES: You can use either light or dark brown sugar, as you like -- the results are surprisingly different. Try it both ways!

The recipe is easy to halve or multiply, to fit your needs.

I make several spice recipes at once and just measure the ingredients right into zip-top sandwich bags. Then I just pop them into the deep freeze for quick prep later during the busy holiday season.

The mix also makes wonderful home-made gifts -- for a teacher or colleague, for example -- in a decorative cello bag with a festive ribbon!

About Mom's Mulled Cider

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy