Warm Mulled Cranberry-Vanilla Cider

Warm Mulled Cranberry-Vanilla Cider | ChopChop


Gently spiced apple cider, called “mulled” cider, is a classic fall and winter warmer. Sometimes it’s fun to perk it up with different fruity flavors, like the tart-sweet cranberry juice in this recipe. Most of the cranberry juice you see in the store is actually “cranberry juice cocktail”—which usually means that lots of sweetener has been added—so please buy pure cranberry juice for this recipe. By Adam Ried

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Makes: 3 Servings

Kitchen Gear: 

Vegetable peeler (adult needed)
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Cutting board
Measuring spoons
Measuring cup
Medium-sized pot

Heatproof container


cinnamon sticks
whole cloves
2 cups
apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
2 cups
pure cranberry juice
2 teaspoons
light or dark brown sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon
vanilla extract


  1. Wash the orange well, and use the vegetable peeler to remove long strips of zest (the orange part, not the white part underneath) from half of it. Slice the other half of the orange into thin half moons.
  2. Put the cider and cranberry juice in the pot, and add the orange zest, the cinnamon sticks, the cloves, the sugar, and a tiny pinch of salt.
  3. Put the pot on the stove, turn the heat to medium-high, and heat the mixture until it’s a bit steamy, about 7 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and simmer the mixture for 30 minutes.
  4. Set the sieve over the heatproof container, strain the cider mixture, and throw away the solids in the sieve. Add the vanilla and stir to mix. Pour the mixture into mugs, float an orange slice in each one if desired, and serve. 


Or else
No cranberry juice? No problem! Use all apple for a classic flavor and omit the sweetener.