As you all know we’re slowly rolling out the fall recipes. And I’m so excited. Like so so excited. Fall is my favorite season. And as the seasons change, I instantly get inspired. Food. Drinks. Clothing. Interior design. Everything! There’s a few fall recipes that I wanted to create that called for apple cider. I tried to go to the grocery store but none of them had it yet… and I didn’t want to wait 3+ weeks. Soo here we are. lol

If it’s too early, save this for later when the weather begins to drop.

Apple cider screams fall to me. The middle of apple season. It’s the perfect time. Juicy apples. maple syrup. cinnamon. all spice. cloves. Whew my house smelled divine.

I made my apple cider in the crockpot. Cooked it low & slow until the apples broke down into mush. Strained it and put in a carafe. If you don’t have a crockpot or don’t want to wait all day, you can make this over the stove and cut down the time.

What you’ll need

Apples– Sweet and tart. I used a mixture of Honey crisp and Granny Smith.
Orange– 1 orange for citrus. This gives the apple cider a citrus note. I recommend removing the peel. keeping the peel left a somewhat bitter taste.
Spices– I used a variety of spices to give it depth. All spice, whole cloves and cinnamon.
Maple Syrup– This gave the cider some additional sweetness and great fall flavor.
Brown Sugar– The apples are sweet, but of course we had to add some additional sweetness

If you make this Mulled Apple Cider, I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment! or tag me on instagram <3

Mulled Apple Cider

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Course Drinks


  • 1 Crockpot


  • 8-10 Apples Granny Smith & Honey crisp. Stems removed
  • 1 Orange quartered
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup optional
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp whole all spice
  • Water fully cover the ingredients.


  • Clean and remove stems from apples. Cut apples and oranges into quarters and add into a crockpot. Add cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole allspice, maple syrup, brown sugar.
  • Immerse ingredients in water. Stir well and cover with a lid. Cook on high for about 6 hours.
  • Carefully strain through a mesh strainer. Use a spoon to strain excess moisture. Discard the fruit mixture. Stir and adjust sweetness to your liking.
  • Store in a carafe or pitcher. Serve hot or cold. Cider will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.


I suggest peeling the orange. The peel has a bitter flavor that took a few edits after the cider was done to balance/sweeten it.
Keyword Apple Cider, Drink Recipe, Fall Recipes

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