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Spiked Mulled Apple Cider Recipe

    Sit back, relax, and sip on a spiked mulled apple cider. This warm drink is just what you need on a cool night, snuggled up with someone special.

    Serve your hot, spiked mulled cider with a pat of cinnamon butter and a cinnamon stick garnish.

    Spiked Mulled Apple Cider Cocktail

    September is here. Fall is in the air. I can’t stop that, no matter how hard I wish. I guess the only thing I could really do is get a second home in the southern hemisphere and enjoy spring and summer all year round. However, blogging isn’t going to earn me enough money to do that, so I’m going to enjoy all that the season has to offer. And for me, that means apples. Lots and lots of apples. Apples covered in caramel and with alcohol takes the sting out of winter approaching. So, I’m just going to enjoy this spiked mulled apple cider on the cool fall evenings.

    Make some Spiked Mulled Apple Cider this fall and winter to warm up with your special someone.

    I think that this Mulled Apple Cider is kind of like a fall sangria. Yes, I know there’s no wine it, but it’s got orange zest along with cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg – not to mention spiced butter and rum!

    I was a bit doubtful of the spiced butter pat, but that added just so much extra flavor and takes it over the top! The flavor was so much better with it.

    However, don’t get me wrong: you can skip the butter if you really don’t want it. And, if by some chance you don’t drink all of the cider while it’s hot, it tastes just as wonderful cold and without the rum.

    Serve your hot, spiked mulled cider with a pat of cinnamon butter and a cinnamon stick garnish.

    Are you an apple fan or a pumpkin fan?

    I know it’s crazy, but I feel that in blogger-land there’s a definite line in the sand between the two. I’m all for Team Apple. Apple and cinnamon just call for fall. Pumpkins come much later, like in October and November. For now, it’s apple season with apple picking and cornfield mazes!

    What do you think? Are you going to enjoy this apple season and wait a little bit for pumpkin season to come into fruition?

    I think you should. Enjoy this time with a hot mulled apple cider drink. You won’t be disappointed.

    This recipe is part one of a three-part series including Caramel Apples and Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples.

    Hot Mulled Apple Cider, Caramel Apples and Chocolate covered caramel apples.
    Make some Mulled Apple Cider this fall and winter to warm up with your special someone.
    Yield: 4

    Spiked Mulled Apple Cider Recipe

    Serve your hot mulled cider with a pat of cinnamon butter and a cinnamon stick garnish.

    Hot apple cider seasoned with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg, and spiked with a shot of rum.

    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes


    For the spiced butter

    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon cloves

    For the mulled cider

    • 4 cups apple cider
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon cardamon
    • 5 whole cloves
    • Zest of 1 orange
    • 4 oz Rum


    For the spiced butter

    1. Mix all ingredients in a mixer. Wrap the spiced butter into plastic wrap and form into a log. Refrigerate until ready to use.

    For the mulled cider

    1. Boil the apple cider and all the spices, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Strain the spices and orange peel. Pour one ounce of rum in each glass and top off with the mulled cider.
    2. Serve with a pat of spiced butter and enjoy!

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    Karyn Granrud

    Karyn Granrud

    I'm Karyn, a mom and wife, and I founded this little baking blog. Baking and making desserts have been my passion since I was a kid. I love experimenting with different flavors and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Read more.

    17 thoughts on “Spiked Mulled Apple Cider Recipe”

    1. Yes, this just screams, “FALL!” And I think it also screams things like, “Drink me!” and “I’m crazy-delicious!” 😀 But I have to admit … I’m kinda flummoxed! I’m pretty new to blogging, so I had no idea about this Team Apple vs. Team Pumpkin thing! Egads! I love them both … what’s a girl to do?!? I guess I’ll have to start with this cider, and worry about picking teams from there …

      1. Haha! No, there’s really no “teams” but as you get more into blogging, you’ll notice more and more pumpkin recipes popping up earlier each year. I love them both as well, but I much prefer apple to pumpkin.

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