It is the time of year for all things festive – especially food and drink. This simple mulled apple juice recipe is one that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Mulled drinks are drinks that are simmered in a concoction of mulling spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, etc. Sipping on a hot mulled drink is the ideal way to stay warm during the colder months. This recipe is a non-alcoholic version of a medieval English drink, known as ‘Wassail’. This drink was originally made from beer or mead, spiced and served hot. A more modern version of Wassail is made with apple cider, and brandy or rum is occasionally added as well.

This version of wassail uses apple juice instead of apple cider and is suitable for kids and adults alike. Enjoy a cup of this mulled apple juice served hot, in the comfort of your home. An added advantage of making this drink is that as the spices simmer on your stove-top, your house will begin to smell like Christmas!

Ingredients for mulled apple juice


  • 1-litre apple juice
  • 2-3 clementine oranges
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4-5 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon molasses (You could replace this with 1 tsp brown sugar)


  • Add the apple juice to a pot and cook it on low heat
  • Slice the oranges and add them in
  • Add all the other ingredients and let simmer for 20-30 minutes on low heat
  • Serve warm, garnished with a slice of orange and a cranberry


I have replaced apple cider which is used in the original wassail recipe, with apple juice for a kid-friendly version.
Mulled apple juice

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