Mulled apple juice

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 8

A non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine, ideal for entertaining kids and drivers

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  • 1l apple juice
  • strips of orange peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus extra to garnish, if you like
  • 3 cloves



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  • sugar or honey, to taste



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  1. Simmer the apple juice with the strips of orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves for about 5-10 mins until all the flavours have infused. Sweeten to taste.

  2. Serve each drink with a little orange peel and a piece of cinnamon stick, if you like.

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Comments (17)

lizleicester's picture

Nice to have a non alcoholic mulled drink to offer drivers and children.

abident's picture

Totally delicious. I've made this several times. I don't add the sugar as it doesn't need it.

FamilyH's picture

Made this a week before Christmas. Added a sachet of mulled wine spices for more flavour. Delicious, went down really well with everybody! Will make this next year too.

buttons13's picture

Juiced 8 apples for fresh apple juice which made Knuth for two people and followed the recipe with 1tsp honey. Optional tip, i also added two shots of orange liquor at the end which worked well. Nice recipe.

ge0jane's picture

Such a great alternative to mulled wine or cider for the drivers, I followed the recipe word for word but used cloudy apple juice. Smells and tastes amazing.

sara67's picture

Did this yesterday, put it in a flask and took it on a long walk. Absolutely delicious. Didnt bother with fruit skins, I put a slug of lemon juice in to give it a citrus burst. I did put a couple of tea spoons of sugar in it, which I don't think I'll bother with next time, it didn't need it. Im going to keep this receipe a secret, it will gaurantee im invited to all those bonfire parties coming up, especially as it's so transportable! Give it a go it's so easy.

joleneme's picture

A great alternative to mulled wine. Just as warming, but without the worry of alcohol!

jenni21's picture

I added some lemon and orange slices rather than the orange peel. Really tasty alternative to mulled wine.

agirlandfood's picture

I made this as an alternative to mulled wine on bonfire night. It made a really good winter warmer for the kids, and was a preferred alternative to beer for some of the oldies!

I found that it was quite strong/thick so could be diluted down with a bit of cold water, which made it a more drinkable temperature as well.

neezy1911's picture

Must give it a try, judging from the comments. We have bottles and bottles of our own apple juice so looks like this is the recipe!

flick67's picture

YuMmY iN mY tUmMy :D

m_saafan's picture

My husband is a regular on anything that is juice... I made this for him as a special treat on a special day.. He loved it!
It wasn't clear as it shows in the picture though, but then maybe because I left all the ingredients in the apple juice in the fridge overnight and seived the day after. Didn't need any sugar or honey.

jannypan99's picture

Yum - enjoyed by all - kids and adults alike. Didn't have cinnamon sticks but 1 level tsp ground cinnamon and sieved it before serving. Will certainly be serving this at Christmas.

fay1512's picture

We had this at Christmas family party last year ... it was very, very popular with everyone!!! You won't be disappointed... Just looking the recipe out again today for a dinner party... 6+ stars defo!

carolyn123's picture

Made this for Bonfire night, it was yummy and went down especially well with the drivers and kids.

nomiwoo's picture

This was yummy on Hallowe'en night - made a little more grown up with the addition of Zubrowka!

Questions (2)

paulagarrity's picture

Can you make this about 3-4 days before Christmas Day and then store it? Would it still be okay? If so, what would I store it in/where shall I store it?
Thanks so much

goodfoodteam's picture

Yes, this can be made 4 days ahead then kept in the fridge in a covered glass or china jug or bowl.

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