Merry Mulled Cider Recipe
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Merry Mulled Cider Recipe

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“When our children were younger, I always made warm cider for Christmas Eve. This herbal version was a favorite. The kids are grown, but my husband and I still enjoy a mug or two during the holidays for old time’s sake.” —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 7 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 2/3 cup orange juice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 142 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 24mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, bring the apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, cinnamon and rosemary to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until flavors are blended.
  2. Discard cinnamon and rosemary; stir in orange juice. Serve warm. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Merry Mulled Cider in Taste of Home December/January 2011, p26

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bereitbach User ID: 4958434 148906
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I really liked this although I made some changes. I wanted to make a larger amount so I used 12 cups cider, 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice. 3 1/2 tablespoons honey (in place of sugar) and 3 cinnamon sticks. I didn't have fresh rosemary so I used dried. Since I don't care quite as much for orange juice, I kept this at 2/3 cup. It was delicious! Exactly what I was hoping for when I started looking for a hot cider recipe."

mb21671 User ID: 1531740 181390
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"Excellent - we made this for Christmas with 12 guests and everyone raved about it! This is a keeper and we'll make it often."

lsal86 User ID: 5361202 115186
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"This was my very first time trying mulled cider. It was good but I think next time Ill add just a little less orange juice. I would like a more cinnamonny-apple taste"

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