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How to Make Mulled Autumn Cider

How to Make Mulled Autumn Cider

There is one thing that gets me super excited every single fall...

Can you guess what is?

It's the freshly pressed apple cider from the local apple orchard. 

That stuff is like liquid gold! It's sweet yet tart, and it's delicious whether it's hot or cold.

It's wonderful just the way it is,  but it's even better when it's mulled with some fruit and spices. 

Photo by Kristi Blackmer, Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan

My idea of a perfect autumn afternoon is as follows: Walking downtown on a crisp, clear day, window shopping and leaf peeping, hand in hand with my handsome boyfriend. [Update: <---Boyfriend has been upgraded to husband!]

Photo by Kristi Blackmer, Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan

As for autumn nights: Give me a good book, a fuzzy blanket, a cozy fireplace, and a big mug of hot mulled cider.

This recipe is perfect for a cozy night at home or for a gathering of friends and family.

Mulled Autumn Cider


  • 10 Cups Apple Cider
  • 1 Navel Orange, Sliced
  • 1 Cup Whole Cranberries (I usually use frozen ones)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Whole Cloves
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks


1. Combine all ingredients in large pot.

2. Simmer over medium-low heat for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. 

3. Use a ladle to scoop cider into mugs or teacups.  Serve warm.

Tip; You may choose to strain and remove the fruit and spices before serving. Personally, I prefer to leave everything intact, as I think it adds a festive touch. Plus, I like to snack on the cider soaked berries and oranges. Just be mindful if you're serving children, as this may pose a choking hazard. :)

What's your favorite part about autumn? Is it the cooler weather, the colorful foliage, or something else? Leave a comment below!




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