Cocktail of the Week: Hot Mulled Cider


It’s the holiday season, and with Christmas literally less than a week away, chances are you’re mapping out what you’ll be bringing to whatever holiday event you have planned. Well if it’s your job to bring something warm, delicious, and satisfying to drink, then I have got you covered. Enter my hot mulled cider recipe. It’s not only easy to make it can be adjusted to serve to adults and children alike.


  • 1 gallon of fresh, unfiltered apple cider
  • 2 navel oranges
  • 24 whole cloves
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bottle of spiced rum
  • 1 bottle of bourbon
  • Orange slices, and more cinnamon sticks for garnish

Add the apple cider to a large crockpot. Take the oranges and insert 12 whole cloves into each one. Place the oranges and cinnamon sticks in the crockpot. Let the cider cook for at least 4 hours on low heat. You can easily transport the cider to your event right in the crockpot. When you arrive, plug it in and set it to warm. In order to make it safe for everyone, bring a bottle of spiced rum, and a bottle of bourbon. This way guests can spoon some cider into a glass and spike it (or not spike it) themselves with their choice of liquor. Add orange slices and cinnamon sticks as garnish.

In case you missed it live, see below to watch me and Bethany Lakomy of our Professional Services team make my hot mulled cider on our most recent episode of Cocktails with Kate. Happy holidays everyone!

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