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Mulled Apple Cider

Mulled Apple Cider
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The following recipe and photography was provided by recipe developer and food photographer, Ashley Durand of Plate & Pen.

This Mulled Apple Cider is like the sangria of harvest season!

Made from simmering local apple cider and swimming with fresh apple slices, oranges, cranberries, seasonal spices and just a touch of brandy, get a batch going on the stove and you’ll surely stay warm when the first chill of the year arrives. As a bonus, the aromas that will run throughout your home will act as a natural fall air freshener.

Mulled Apple Cider

I also like to add a handful of black peppercorns to this mulled cider to offset the sweetness and add a little spice, but you could certainly omit them if you like your drinks extra sweet.

What are you waiting for? Let’s cozy up with a mug of mulled cider!

Mulled Apple Cider

Mulled Apple Cider


  • 1/2 gallon honeycrisp apple cider
  • 3 honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Heinen's tri-colored peppercorns or black peppercorns
  • 5 Heinen's cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp. Heinen's all spice
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar or cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup Watershed Distillery apple brandy


  1. In a large, deep saucepan, bring the apple cider to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks.
  3. Add the cranberries and turbinado sugar.
  4. Slowly add the orange slices and cubed apples.
  5. Toss in the peppercorns and sprinkle in the pumpkin spice and all spice.
  6. Pour in the apple brandy. Stir the entire mixture to fully incorporate all of the ingredients, then simmer at a low boil for 45 minutes.

Mulled Apple Cider

Ashley Durand

By Ashley Durand

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