Mulled Apple Cider with a Twist




The other day I got a great deal on apple cider. Besides drinking it as is, I thought about another way to enjoy it. You know I love using the slow cooker and went searching for a mulled cider recipe. Most of them used the classic pumpkin pie spices but I wanted to use something more unique and remembered I had some five spice powder sitting in the pantry. That’s the “twist” with this mulled apple cider recipe because it adds a little something special to an already great tasting combination.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours – 7 hours
Serves: 4-6


½ gallon fresh apple cider

1 medium organic orange, sliced
½ c. fresh orange juice
3 whole cinnamon sticks

10-15 whole cloves
2 t. ground cinnamon

2 t. five-spice powder

Optional garnish:
Fresh orange slices
whole cinnamon sticks



  1. Add all ingredients to a slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7. When finished, remove and discard cinnamon sticks and cooked orange slices.
  3. Ladle warm cider into large mugs and serve with additional orange slices and fresh cinnamon sticks, if desired.

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