Mulled apple juice is a deliciously spiced and warming drink. A great non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine, for children or guests who are driving.
Mulled apple juice is a drink I very much enjoy over the cold Winter months. I love mulled wine or cider, particularly once we hit December and the festivities start. However, there are times when I don’t want to drink alcohol! That’s when the idea for this mulled apple juice recipe came about. Mulled apple juice is a perfect non-alcoholic festive drink for serving to children or guests. Mulled drinks take very little in the way of preparation, more of an assembly job than anything else! Made with fresh apple juice and spiced very subtly this is a great alcohol free alternative. Mulled drinks really come into their own over Christmas and the festive period. I particularly like to make a batch on Christmas Eve, ready to heat up as my family head home from our local Pantomime.
However, with all this talk of Christmas, don’t be put off making this lovely mulled apple juice at other times of the year. I start making this as soon as we hit September, where my thoughts always turn to apple and cinnamon. Easily one of my favourite flavour combinations. This wonderfully spiced apple drink is so simple to make that it’s something I do regularly, as a family it’s something we all enjoy.
Can mulled apple juice be made ahead of time?
If having friends over this is a great drink to make ahead of time, and heated once guests arrive. Aside from making thing’s much easier in terms of preparation, your kitchen will smell divine! However, I also like to make up some just before heading out for a Winter walk. Ready to heat up quickly once we all get back, perfect for warming us up from the inside out.
Can different flavours be added to the recipe?
I like to keep flavourings simple, that way you keep the taste of apple in the drink. I tend not to add orange slices, as this can overpower the apple, a few pares of orange zest is enough. After all, this is mulled apple and not mulled orange juice. However both orange and lemon can be added to the apple juice if you would prefer. You could also add a little ginger to the mix, but again don’t be heavy handed as you want apple to be the dominant flavour.
Are there other juices I could use in place of apple juice?
Warm, spiced apple juice is my go to non alcoholic festive drink, I make it frequently throughout December and into January. However if you’re not too keen on apple juice, then substitute with something like cranberry juice and add the same spices. If you are having a Christmas party of course, you could serve both!
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If you like this recipe then try some of our other seasonal recipes our Christmas Pavlova, our Vanilla Pannacotta with Orange Jelly, our Profiteroles with Chestnut Cream, our Spiced Christmas Cookies, or our Brandy Snaps with Clementine cream. These recipes are great at Christmas or any time over the festive period.
Mulled Apple Juice
- 1 ltr carton of fresh apple juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 nutmeg - grated
- 1 orange - pare off 3 long strips of zest
- Pour the apple juice into a large saucepan and add the remaining ingredients. Do not add the whole orange as this will overpower the apple. Simply add three long strips of pared orange zest.
- Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes before serving.