Delicious mulled cider

The delicious and alcohol-free alternative to mulled wine
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Delicious mulled cider

This delicious mulled cider is an excellent alternative for those who want to avoid alcohol during the cold season. Because on icy cold winter days, there’s nothing better than warming up from the inside with a hot drink. Our apple mulled cider recipe will bring the Christmas spirit into your home.

Thanks to the non-alcoholic ingredients and easy preparation, this delicious recipe is also wonderful to prepare with the whole family.

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time25 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Yield1 pot
  • Serving Size200 ml
  • Energy114 cal
  • Cuisine
    • deutsch
  • Course
    • Getränk
  • Cooking Method
    • Cooking
  • Tags


For the mulled cider

  • 2 liters of organic apple cider (freshly pressed)
  • 2 organic lemons
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 pcs. Cardamom (whole capsule)
  • 2 star anise

You need

  • Pot
  • Peeler
  • Citrus juicer
  • Trowel
  • Sieve
  • Cups


Put the apple juice / cider and the honey in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Meanwhile, rinse the lemon under warm water and rub thoroughly dry. Peel the lemon with a peeler, squeeze out the juice and add to the cider along with the lemon zest.
Reduce the heat once boiling, add the spices and leave to infuse for 15 to 20 minutes. Ready is your delicious and homemade mulled cider!

For the vegan version of the mulled cider, you can easily replace the honey with raw cane sugar or agave syrup. Keep in mind that the plant-based alternative is significantly sweeter and you’ll need less of it.

  • Nährwerte

  • 10 servings per container
  • Serving Size200 ml
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories114
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Carbohydrate25.8 g275 g9.38%
  • Dietary Fiber0.4 g28 g1.43%
  • Total Sugars28.8 g
  • Protein0.2 g50 g0.4%
  • Calcium14.6 mg1300 mg1.12%
  • Iron0.6 mg18 mg3.33%
  • Potassium241.3 mg4700 mg5.13%
  • Vitamin A0.02 mcg900 mcg0%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)5.6 mg90 mg6.22%
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.042 mg1.2 mg3.5%
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)0.2 mg1.7 mg11.76%
  • Phosphorus15.5 mg1250 mg1.24%
  • Iodine6.1 mcg150 mcg4.07%
  • Magnesium9.3 mg420 mg2.21%
  • Zinc0.3 mg11 mg2.73%
  • Copper0.1 mg0.9 mg11.11%
  • Manganese0.2 mg2.3 mg8.7%
  • Chloride1.7 mg2300 mg0.07%
  • Alkohol g
Red and green apples sorted in two wooden boxes.

Apple cider or apple juice in the mulled cider?

Personally, I would always prefer apple cider from the nearby apple farmer. However, you should make sure that it is really freshly squeezed must, because it starts to ferment quickly and can contain alcohol. Therefore, if you want to prepare your mulled cider for children, you can use regular apple juice. However, for the best possible taste, the naturally cloudy variety is recommended. These are not filtered and therefore contain significantly more aroma than their clear relatives.

Close up of cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans and star anise on olive wood board

Use spices instead of chai!

In many recipes chai tea is taken for the preparation of mulled cider. Personally, however, I recommend reaching into the spice rack at home. This way you know exactly what ends up in your cup and can control the taste much easier. Too much star anise? Then just leave it out. You prefer your mulled cider with a little fire? Then add one or two pimento seeds or crushed ginger to the pot next time. However, if you have a favorite shai that you can’t get enough of anyway, you can steep 2 tea bags (per liter) in your mulled cider for 10 to 15 minutes after boiling. Don’t forget to take the bags out again, though, so your delicious mulled cider doesn’t turn bitter.

A glass of calvados surrounded by red apples on a wooden background

Calvados, gin or rum – mulled cider with shot

As a non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine or Jagertee, hot cider already cuts a brilliant figure. However, mulled cider is also perfect for spicing up with various spirits. It is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser at the upcoming Christmas party or on New Year’s Eve. Calvados is particularly suitable for this purpose. The apple brandy* supports the natural aroma of the drink and adds some spicy flavors.

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True gin fans, of course, resort to this. London Dry Gins with a dominant juniper aroma are particularly recommended here. Expensive gins with subtle botanicals are less suitable for spicing up your mulled cider, as their elegant flavors would be masked by the spices and inherent flavor of the cider.

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Rum* lovers can also turn to their favorite spirit to add a special touch to hot cider. Its exotic flavors give your mulled cider recipe an almost Caribbean flair. Perfect for those who want to escape to a tropical island on cold winter days.

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