Hot Mulled Cider


We took my parents on a mini wine tour when they were in town, and our first stop was Bellwether Cidery. After tasting a sampling of their ciders, we each ordered a glass of mulled cider to sip out on their patio. The spice and sweetness of the cider combined with the warmth of the sun protected us from the chill of the wind as we chatted and sipped. It was perfect.

When my friends came to visit this weekend, I decided I needed to attempt to replicate that perfection.


me, Liz, Jen, Lauren, Ashley

I bought two bottles of Bellwether cider: one Original and one “Liberty Spy,” two of our favorites. (Bon Appetit loves them, too!)


I added some sugar and spices and set it to warm in the crockpot while we explored Ithaca. By the time dinner was ready, we had perfect hot mulled cider!


Hot Mulled Cider

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

45 minutes

Yield: 6-12

Hot Mulled Cider

To make this minor-friendly, replace the hard cider with fresh apple cider. Taste the cider before adding the sugar; it may be sweet enough that you need to add less (or no) brown sugar.


  • 1 1/2 liters of hard cider
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 whole allspice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a crockpot turned to Low. Stir after 10 minutes until the brown sugar is dissolved.
  2. After 40 minutes on Low, turn the crockpot to Warm until ready to serve.


  1. says

    Liberty Spy is my favorite! Also random Ithaca question: my fiancé and I are planning an Ithaca wedding, but are looking for any suggestions for creative venues. I always love your ideas (and your wedding section!), so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      How exciting! Have you looked into some of the vineyards? A gorgeous location = you can invest less $$ in decorations.

      Or a farm. I’ve always thought barn weddings are beautiful.

  2. says

    yum! And also, I love the glass you used. At our family’s solstice party we used to have mulled cider but it was always served in your standard (albeit Christmas themed) mug. This looks so much classier!


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