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Mulled Apple Cider with Fresh Juice

Mulled Apple Cider with Fresh Juice

Mulled Apple Cider 

Mulled Apple Cider with fresh pressed apple juice is the epitome of fall flavours at their best and most comforting. Fresh apple juice can be made into warm apple cider in just an hour. It’s naturally gluten free, vegan and a healthy drink choice full of vitamins for the holiday season.

Mulled apple cider is a drink that reminds me of cold nights, sharing fun with friends. In our catering days we served this drink at our cafe on the event when the town would light the Christmas lights for the season. It was an enjoyable yet cold evening for families and this drink would give a warm a stomach and bring a smile to people of all ages. We made it by the 15 litre batch. It was a lot of apples to juice and worth every minute to see those smiles.

Mulled Apple Cider

Mulling spice is simple to make. It is a blend of  cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove, but in their whole forms. We added a little star anise to this recipe, it’s barely noticeable in the spice blend but will add a dimension of flavour that is pleasing. It also balances out the lack of oranges in the recipe. Orange slices and orange zest are common in mulled cider recipes but as I am allergic I omitted it and added star anise to balance the flavour profile out.

Fresh apple juice is the basis of this recipe and while it can be made with juice bought from the store, it is not the authentic recipe I created 10 years ago. Fresh pressed apples are raw and unpasteurized, store bought juices are not, and besides fresh is always better.

As my diabetic friends already know, apple juice is full of fast acting sugar. It’s often used as a pick me up when sugars are too low. While mulled apple cider is all naturally occurring sugar, it’s still a lot of sugars in one glass.

Love apples? Caramel Apple Pie is delightful and Baked Apples with vegan Creme Brûlée is a showstopper recipe, easy to make and sure to please!



Mulled Apple Cider

Fresh pressed apple juice with warm mulling spice
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: allspice, apple, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg
Servings: 5 cups


  • juicer
  • sauce pan
  • infuser or loose tea sachet


  • 8 apples, we used sweet (royal gala)
  • ¼ lemon + 2 wheels
  • 2 tbsp broken whole cinnamon bark
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 8 whole clove
  • 1 tbsp whole allspice
  • 2 whole star anise


Juice apples and lemon

  • Each juicer is different, prepare your 8 apples and ¼ lemon to fit through your juicer and juice everything.
    Sometimes I run the pulp through a second time to extract more juice from it, as the pulp seems watery still.
    Mulled Apple Cider
  • Cut 2 wheels of lemon and place in sauce pan with spice sachet and all the juice.
    Mulled Apple Cider
  • Measure the mulling spices and place in a large tea infuser or spice sachet or loose tea bag or cheesecloth pouch.
  • If using a loose tea bag or cheesecloth, be sure to close the end and secure the bag.
  • Place on stove and simmer, covered for at least an hour. The house will smell lovely. You can add 1 - 1½ cups of water at the beginning if you choose to add volume so when it reduces from simmering you still have lots of drink.
    Ladle into glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks and lemon wheels. Serve warm
    May be refrigerated for 3 days. remove spice sachet with tongs. Discard cooked lemon wheels and sachet.
    Mulled Apple Cider


I am allergic to oranges. I omit the oranges for that reason. If you like oranges/can have them add equal amounts of orange juice and orange wheels as you do lemon to the recipe.
Orange zest can also be added and used as a beautiful garnish.

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