Sam’s Mocktail Hour: The Mulled Apple Juice

Mulled apple juice with a cinnamon stick and orange slice. Photo taken by Sam D.

Try this warm, cozy,  apple drink—perfect for getting in the holiday mood!

Prep: 5 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Serves: 4


  1. 1L apple juice
  2. 5 strips of orange peel (use a potato peeler and slice up the side of the orange)
  3. 1 cinnamon stick, with extra to garnish
  4. 3 cloves
  5. Brown sugar, sugar, or honey (sweeteners), to taste
  6. Orange slices to garnish


Step 1: Simmer (light bubbling) the apple juice with the strips of orange peel, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a pot until the flavours of each ingredient have mixed into the apple juice. This will take about 10 minutes.

Step 2: Sweeten to taste: turn off the heat, add small amounts of the sweetener of your choosing into the pot, stir, and taste. Repeat until you are satisfied with the sweetness.

Step 3: Pour into a glass, add an orange slice and a cinnamon stick, and serve.

All the drinks featured in this column are non-alcoholic. In no way do I wish to condone or promote underage drinking. This is intended for entertainment and safely explorative purposes only.

Consult the bottom of the first recipe in this column for more details.