clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Mulled Apple Cider a.k.a. Wassail

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cups 1x


Holding a mug of Mulled Apple Cider in your hand is a key to the past. The rich history of mulling spices in juices and drinks is a tradition that goes back centuries. Hundreds of years ago the holiday season was celebrated with the most precious things people owned- spices shipped in from exotic corners of the world.


  • 1/2 gallon of apple cider or apple juice
  • 4 4-inch cinnamon sticks (or 6 2-inch sticks)
  • 17 whole cloves (about a teaspoon of ground cloves)
  • 17 allspice berries (about a teaspoon of ground allspice)
  • 24 star anise pods
  • 7 cardamom pods (about 1 teaspoon of ground)
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 orange, sliced and ends discarded


  1. Pour cider into a large stockpot or dutch oven set over medium low heat.
  2. Addin the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, star anise and cardamom. If you have a rasp grater or small grater, rub the nutmeg nut over the pot until one whole side is exposed. If you don’t that’s just fine too. Drop the the nut into the pot.
  3. Add in orange slices and honey and gently stir a couple of times. Bring the pot to a light simmer, then cover and turn the heat to low. Cook (steep) for 20-30 minutes depending on how strong you like your wassail to be. 
  4. Remove the lid and the spices and orange slices with a slotted spoon or small strainer and set aside. Ladle wassail into mugs and serve, garnishing with mulling spices if desired.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: English