Mulled Apple Juice Recipe

Mulled Apple Juice is a delicious and easy non alcoholic Christmas drink to make. With hints of spices and, orange and fresh berries for colour, it is also a beautiful Christmas non-alcoholic cocktail.

Why you’ll love this mulled apple juice recipe

This easy mulled apple juice is perfect for the whole family, it’s a wonderful non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine.

I love warm apple juice, it’s a great drink for after your winter walk. It’s sweet and warms you through.

As you heat the apple juice with the mulled spices (for this recipe I used star anise & cinnamon) your house smells wonderful and you can’t go wrong with apple and cinnamon!


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mulled apple juice with orange slice, cinnamon and red currants

Mulled Apple Juice Top Questions

Can you heat up apple juice?
What is non-alcoholic mulled wine made of?
Can you drink mulled wine if pregnant?
What spices can you add to apple juice?


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The key ingredient to this mulled apple juice non-alcoholic is, of course, your favourite apple juice. I love using the thick, sweet cloudy apple juice for this spiced apple juice as it looks so lovely in the glass.


For this spiced apple juice, I used cinnamon sticks and some star anise. They smell wonderful as they cook, my whole house starts to smell festive as you gently warm the apple juice. If you want to make this apple juice more festive you can add some cloves and nutmeg to your spice mix.

How to make mulled apple juice – step by step

To make this mulled apple juice you simply have to warm the apple juice and add the spices.

To start, slowly warm your cloudy apple juice on the hob, it usually takes about 5 minutes on low/medium heat.

Then add your spices and a slice of orange to the mix and let it all simmer.

Once your apple juice is nicely warmed you can pour it into your glass and decorate.

I decorate mine with one of the orange slices and a few redcurrants too.

mulled apple juice from above with cinnamon stick and orange slice

Top Tips

If you do choose to add alcohol to your mulled apple juice, please drink responsibly and check out Drink Aware for more information.

Decorate with your spiced apple juice with redcurrants, an orange slice and some of the cinnamon sticks from the mulled apple juice non-alcoholic.

Warm your glasses for a hand warmer and a longer warm drink, pour a little water into your glass and pop it into the microwave for 15 seconds – just be sure that your glass is microwaveable first!

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Mulled Apple Juice Alcoholic

If you want to adapt this recipe to make it delicious a mulled apple juice alcoholic drink then there are a few ways you can do it. An easy addition to make this drink alcoholic would be to add whisky, vodka and even rum. If you do add rum you could make this Apple Rum Punch. It is warm and delicious and the spiced rum is perfect.

I would add 25ml of your chosen spirit for a gently alcoholic drink. Up it up to 50ml for a stronger drink.

Mulled cranberry and apple juice

A simple way to make this non alcoholic drink even more festive is to add cranberry juice. You can replace some of the apple juice (about one third) and replce with cranberry juice. This works best with cloudy apple juice.

mulled apple juice

Making ahead of time options

This cocktail can easily be prepped before you’re ready to serve. You can mix the orange slices and spices into the apple juice and leave it on the hob until you are ready to warm and serve your mulled apple juice.


mulled apple juice on a red background

Can you heat up apple juice?

You can absolutely heat up apple juice, I adore warm apple juice. It’s perfect for winter, it’s sweet, non-alcoholic and takes on spices well if you want to add some cinnamon to your warm apple juice.

What is non-alcoholic mulled wine made of?

Non-alcoholic mulled wine is made of 0% red wine and spiced with cinnamon, cloves, anise and often ginger too! You can also buy non-alcoholic mulled wine.

Can you drink mulled wine if pregnant?

You should not drink alcoholic drinks whilst pregnant. Be sure to check the recommendations on if it’s safe to drink mulled wine whilst pregnant. You can drink non-alcoholic wine whilst pregnant.

What spices can you add to apple juice?

You can add lots of spices to apple juice, personally, I think cinnamon and star anise are the best spices to mix in with apple juice. They are festive, and warming and make for wonderful mulled apple juice.

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Mulled Apple Juice Recipe

Sisley White
Mulled Apple Juice is a delicious and easy non alcoholic Christmas drink to make. With hints of spices and, orange and fresh berries for colour, it is also a beautiful Christmas non-alcoholic cocktail.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American, British, English, International
Servings 4 portions
Calories 144 kcal



  • 1 litre (1 litre) cloudy apple juice
  • 1 (1) orange
  • 2 (2) cinnamon sticks
  • 4 (4) star anise


  • redcurrants


  • Add the apple juice to a saucepan on a medium/low heat.
  • Slice the orange in half. Squeeze the juice from one-half of the orange into the apple juice. Slice the remaining half into slices and keep to the side to decorate the glasses.
  • Add the star anise and cinnamon sticks.
  • Allow the apple juice to simmer gently for 5 minutes until warm.
  • Pour the apple juice into the glasses. Decorate with orange slices, the spices from the apple juice and a few redcurrants for colour.


Calories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 346mgFiber: 2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Keyword apple juice, cinnamon stick, mulled apple juice, orange, redcurrants, star anise
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