Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider

Makes 24 – 8 oz. servings


Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider, recipe by Michelle McGrath

2 qt. cranberry juice cocktail

4 c. fresh apple cider

2 T. honey

Juice of one fresh squeezed lemon, rind discarded

1 orange, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

1 apple, sliced

1″ section of fresh ginger, halved

5 whole star anise

16 whole cloves

4 whole allspice

2 cinnamon sticks

1 whole nutmeg or 1 tsp ground nutmeg

Apple slices and whole cranberries for garnish, optional


Prepare orange and lemon slices by carefully studding rind with whole cloves, by pressing each clove “thumbtack style” into the rind of the lemon as a garnish, set aside.

Combine all remaining ingredients in a large saucepan or a slow cooker. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, cover and reduce heat to low, and heat for 30 more minutes. Float the clove-studded orange and lemon slices in the pot or slow cooker as a festive garnish. 

Ladle the liquid, leaving solid aromatics behind, into mugs. Garnish mugs with apple slices and whole cranberries, if desired.


This recipe series was made possible through the support of Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, the member-operated trade association for the Massachusetts cranberry industry. one of the oldest farmer organizations in the country.

Recipe series Developer/Writer/Photographer Michelle McGrath is the founder of McGrath PR | Media Relations, providing visibility to the arts and culture sector, non-profits, agricultural and small business industries.  mcgrathpr.com