Mulled Cider Recipe

Make Hot Mulled Cider, and Your Home Will Smell Like Autumn in New England

Hot Mulled Cider
••• The sweet aroma of hot mulled cider simmering on your stove will transport you to New England. © 2016 Kim Knox Beckius

There's nothing more New England than the cinnamony scent of hot mulled cider simmering on the stove. Here is a recipe for how to make hot mulled cider at home. It's the ideal hot beverage for autumn gatherings, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving, or just curling up under a quilt with a good book.

Difficulty: Easy | Time Required: 30 minutes

Here's How to Make Hot Mulled Cider:

  1. To make hot mulled cider just like you may have tasted in New England, start by pouring one gallon of fresh apple cider into a large pot on the stove or into a crockpot or slow cooker.
  1. Add a half cup of brown sugar.
  2. Place 1 teaspoon of whole cloves, 1 teaspoon of whole allspice, and 3 cinnamon sticks on a square of cheesecloth and tie up with baker's twine. Add to the pot.
  3. Heat the cider to a boil, stirring regularly. Leave the pot uncovered so that you and your family or guests can enjoy the warm, delicious aroma of bubbling cider.
  4. Once the cider boils, lower the heat setting to simmer for at least another 15 minutes to allow for thorough infusion of the spices. Stir occasionally.
  5. Remove the spices from the pot and ladle hot mulled cider into mugs or other glasses designed for hot beverages.
  6. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass for garnish and an extra touch of spice.

Helpful Tips:

  1. If you don't have cheesecloth on hand, use a tea ball or a coffee filter to hold the spices.
  2. Add a splash of rum or brandy to really warm up a chilly day. Here are some additional alcoholic and non-alcoholic apple cider drink recipes you may also want to try.
  1. For a decorative touch, you can stud an apple with cloves and allow that to float in your cider pot instead of adding cloves to your spice bag.

What You Need for This Recipe:

  • fresh apple cider
  • whole cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole allspice
  • cheesecloth
  • large stock pot (or crockpot)
  • brown sugar
  • ladle
  • mugs (clear glass mugs are best)

    Another New England Mulled Cider Recipe Option

    From The Official Vermont Maple Cookbook, Second Edition, published by the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association. Reprinted with permission.

    Apple and maple: It's a taste combination that marries the sweetness of two of New England's most cherished agricultural products. Here's where to shop online for real New England maple syrup if you can't find it near home.


    2 quarts apple cider
    1 cup Pure Vermont Maple Syrup
    1 stick cinnamon
    A few whole cloves
    Lemon slices, cut in half, for garnish


    Combine cider, syrup, cinnamon, and cloves and heat thoroughly, but do not boil. Remove cloves and serve hot, garnished with a half lemon slice.

    Yield: 8 servings

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