Hot Apple Cider – Mulling Spice Recipe

Our house is filled with the warm, comforting scent of cinnamon, anise and ginger thanks to this big batch of mulling spices.

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We love to drink it a home and to wrap it up as gifts.

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Here’s the recipe.  Go ahead, make some for yourself or for holiday gift giving.  These little bundles make great teacher or hostess gifts.


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Hot Apple Cider – Mulling Spice Recipe

A warm, delicious drink perfect for those cold winter nights or after an afternoon of skating or tobogganing. And for those looking to really spice things up, add a shot of spiced rum!


  • 4 cloves
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 2 cinnamon sticks broken into pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp dried orange peel
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1/2 tsp candied or crystalized ginger
  • Also Needed
  • Cheesecloth 6"x6" square
  • Bakers' string


  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients well.
  • Place all ingredients in the center of a piece of cheesecloth.
  • Bring corners of cheesecloth together and tie with bakers' string.
  • To make Mulled Cider
  • Pour 1 to 2 quarts (litres) of apple juice or cider into a large pot or crockpot.
  • Add spice sachet.
  • Let simmer (not boil) for a minimum of 15 minutes. The longer it steeps the more flavor!


This spice combination is also excellent with cranberry juice or mulled red wine (Glögg or Glühwein).
Yield 1 sachet to flavor up to 2 quarts or litres of cider
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Getty Stewart is an engaging speaker and writer providing tasty recipes, time-saving tips, and helpful kitchen ideas to make home cooking easy and enjoyable. She is a Professional Home Economist, author of Manitoba’s best-selling Prairie Fruit Cookbook, Founder of Fruit Share, mom and veggie gardener.

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