Non-Alcoholic Mulled Cranberry Cider for All to Enjoy


Mulled wines and ciders are fantastic dairy-free, and usually allergy-friendly, drinks to serve at holiday parties. But alcohol isn’t always an option for every guest. This mulled cranberry cider is not only top allergen-free, but also alcohol-free. So kids, designated drivers, and others who choose not to imbibe can also enjoy a festive, warm beverage. Plus, it will fill  your home with a wonderfully inviting winter scent.

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Cranberry Cider Recipe - an alcohol-free, top allergen-free, optionally vegan holiday drink for all to enjoy

Special Diet Notes: Non-Alcoholic Mulled Cranberry Cider

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, and vegetarian.

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Cranberry Cider
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This recipe is adapted from Ivy Kirchberg on AllRecipes. It was shared by a reader as a favorite.
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 16 servings
  • 2 quarts cranberry juice
  • 1½ cups dried cranberries
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 14 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ¾ cup to 1¼ cups honey or agave nectar (for vegan), to taste (See Sweetener Note below)
  1. Pour the cranberry juice into a slow cooker. Add the cranberries, orange zest (I like to squeeze in a little juice too), cloves, vanilla, and cinnamon sticks. Stir in the sweetener, to taste.
  2. If you need it quickly, set the slow cooker on high and heat, stirring occasionally, until hot, about 20 minutes. Turn the slow cooker down to low or warm to keep it warm while servings.
  3. If you have some time, set the slow cooker on low, and let it warm for 1 to 2 hours.
  4. Strain the drink to remove any zest and spices before serving.
Sweetener Note: I like to add the sweetener last, since cranberry juice and dried cranberries can vary in sweetness. This range listed seems to cover most tastes, but you might even choose to go with less or more. Give it a taste before adding any sweetener, and then add accordingly. You don't even need to measure!

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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