Spiced Mulled Grape Cider

by Sarah Waldman

An ideal marriage between apple cider and spiced wine, this drink is perfect for a crowded holiday dinner party, pre-trick-or-treating event, or Thanksgiving gathering. Kids will love the sweet, fruity taste while adults can tailer their mugs with a spike of scotch, dark rum, red wine, brandy, or whisky.


  • 1-1/2 pounds Concord Grapes on the vine, washed
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus additional for serving
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced into rounds
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  • Optional spikes: Scotch, dark rum, red wine, brandy, or whisky
Spiced Mulled Grape Cider

Jocelyn Filley

Place the grapes, apple cider, water, cinnamon stick, cloves, allspice, cardamom pods, peppercorns, orange slices, and apple slices in a medium sized pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Turn off the heat and pour the mulled cider mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Press solids to extract as much cider as possible. Discard solids.

To serve, pour mulled grape cider into mugs, pop in a cinnamon stick, and enjoy warm. To spike your mug, simply add a dash of scotch, dark rum, red wine, brandy, or whisky before sipping.

Yield: 5 to 6 cups