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Old Fashioned Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Old Fashioned Hot Spiced Apple Cider

  • Author: Melissa | My Homemade Roots
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


This hot spiced apple cider, also called mulled cider, is a sweet and spicy drink that will warm you right up on a cold day.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider (sweet apple cider, not hard cider)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (you can substitute brown sugar or a mixture of maple syrup and brown sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 34 cinnamon sticks
  • Dash of ground nutmeg (if you can grate fresh nutmeg, it’s even better)
  • 1 orange, sliced


  1. To cook on the stove, combine all ingredients in a heavy pot and place the lid on the pot set slightly ajar. Simmer over low to medium-low heat for 1 hour. You want the cider to bubble gently around the edges of the pot but do not allow it to boil.
  2. To make the spiced apple cider in a slow cooker, combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker, and set it on low to cook for 3-4 hours. If you are pressed for time, set it on high and cook for 2 hours.
  3. Before serving, use a strainer to strain out the spices and orange slices. Take care to strain out all of the cloves as they could present a choking hazard. Be cautious because the cider will be piping hot! (*See Notes below)
  4. If you want to keep the cider hot at a party or other gathering, return the strained cider to a pot and set on the stove on low. You can also return to the crockpot and set on warm. Place a ladle in the cider and allow guests to serve themselves.
  5. To make the hot cider extra special, you can add whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel, or garnish with apple slices or a cookie. For an adult beverage, add a shot of rum, bourbon, whiskey, or brandy.


If you wish, you can tie up the whole spices in a piece of cheesecloth and float it in the cider while it simmers. This way, you can avoid having to strain the hot cider.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour