Mulled Cider

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.


13 servings (about 3 quarts)

Updated: Jul. 25, 2023
This is a classic warmer-upper that you can serve on chilly winter days. Pass the brandy separately for those who want it.


  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 quarts apple cider or apple juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups brandy, optional


  1. Place cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and bay leaf on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with kitchen string to form a bag.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine apple cider, juices, orange zest, brown sugar, salt and spice bag. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 30 minutes to blend flavors. Discard spice bag. Strain cider mixture and, if desired, stir in brandy. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 122 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.