Overhead photo of two glass mugs of slow cooker mulled cider recipe on a white background, with slices of orange, cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves.

Mulled Cider

Course Drinks
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Author Sarah Barnes


  • 1 litre Cider
  • 1 Orange
  • 5 Star anise
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 3 Lemon and Ginger tea bags
  • Brandy

To serve - per glass

  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 slice Orange


  1. Set your slow cooker on to it its "low" setting. 

  2. Pour all of the cider into the slow cooker pot. 

  3. Add the orange cut in half, star anise, cinnamon sticks, tea bags and stir. 

  4. Place the lid onto the the slow cooker and leave for three hours, stirring occasionally. 

  5. Strain the cider through a sieve to remove any unwanted bits (or scoop them out).

  6. Stir in the brandy or rum.

  7. Ladle into heat proof glasses or mugs (or leave to stay warm in the slow cooker).

  8. Add one cinnamon stick, a large slice of orange, and two star anise to each glass.

  9. Enjoy!