Infusing a mix of store-bought juices with seasonal spices makes this Crock Pot Hot Mulled Cider recipe super easy!
Make a batch for your family or serve it at a holiday party, this flavorful non-alcoholic punch is so easy to make, you can drink it all winter long.
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YUM! With cranberry, orange and apple juices this mulled cider is full of flavor!
What is mulled cider
Mulled cider (whether made in a crock pot or on the stove, is typically a sweet cider heated with citrus and spices.
Adding a variety of juices adds layers of flavor and keeps it tasting different than a typical Hot Apple Cider.
As always, take this recipe and make it your own. If you want to add other spices (and I might switch it up next time – because I was out of whole nutmeg and cardamom), do it.
If you want more or less juice, do it. If you want to lose most of the juice and use wine instead, do it. Because you KNOW I’m totally into that idea.
How to make Mulled Cider
Scroll down to the end of the post for a printable recipe card with full measurements and more detailed instructions.
This warm cider is easy to make especially since you can keep most of these things on hand to make it whenever you need or want to.
Making it in the slow cooker means you can let it cook away on the counter, infusing with flavors while you go on to do other things. Like watch Hallmark Christmas movies.
And if you want to make this for a crowd, you can serve it right from the Crock Pot. Set out mugs and a ladle and the warm, comforting drink can be enjoyed by everyone whenever they want it.
There is nothing more “holiday” than a clove studded orange, amIright? We used to make these as kids and they are the perfect way to infuse the cider flavor. And fresh ginger really helps to bring the bottled juices alive.
If I could use the crockpot for everything, I totally would. It makes things SO easy.
To the bowl of a Crock Pot, add the bottled juices.
Then add in the cinnamon sticks, ginger pieces and oranges with cloves.
The cranberry juice gives this such an amazing color! And the clove oranges look so pretty.
I decided to leave the spices large because I was out of cheesecloth but you could absolutely put them in a little bundle so they can easily be removed.
This delicious warm mulled cider recipe is sweet, the tiniest bit spicy from the spices (but not so much your kids won’t like it).
A quick garnish of an orange peel and cinnamon stick is a fun way to serve it.
To store the leftover cider, let it cool completely then keep in the fridge in an air-tight container. It should last up to a week.
You can reheat it, a glass at a time in the microwave or heat a larger amount on the stove.
Looking for more ways to warm up this winter?
- Make a Fireball Mule! Cinnamon whiskey makes this cocktail spicy and refreshing at the same time.
- Jazz up your morning coffee make Spiced Cinnamon Coffee instead!
- Make some Hot Green Tea with Vodka next time you want to curl up on the couch and get cozy!
Mulled Cider Recipe in the Crock Pot
- 4 cups of apple juice
- 4 cups of cranberry juice
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 whole orange cut in half
- Handful of whole cloves
- 2 " piece of fresh ginger peeled and cut into several slices
- 3 cinnamon sticks plus extra for garnish (optional)
- Orange pieces to garnish optional
- To a Crock Pot, add cranberry, orange and apple juices.
- Cut an orange in half and then stick whole cloves into the skin on both halves. Add to the slow cooker.
- Add ginger pieces and cinnamon sticks. Gently stir.
- Cover and let cook for about 3 hours.
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