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Comforting Mulled Apple Cider

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This non-alcoholic mulled apple cider is a cozy and healthy beverage option for the winter months. Apple cider is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, while the warming spices like cinnamon, cloves, and ginger offer potential anti-inflammatory benefits. The honey or maple syrup adds natural sweetness.



  • 8 cups apple cider or apple juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)




  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine the apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves, sliced orange, sliced lemon, star anise, and sliced ginger.

  2. Slowly heat the mixture over medium-low heat until it begins to simmer gently, but do not let it boil.

  3. Reduce the heat to low and let the mulled cider simmer for 20-25 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.

  4. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the honey or maple syrup to your desired sweetness level. You can add more if you prefer a sweeter drink.

  5. Optionally, you can also stir in the vanilla extract for an extra depth of flavor.

  6. Strain the mulled apple cider through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove the whole spices and fruit slices.

  7. Serve the warm mulled cider in heat-proof mugs or glasses, garnished with additional orange or lemon slices if desired.

Enjoy this comforting mulled apple cider on a chilly evening, savoring the fragrant and delightful flavors of the season.

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