Mulled Apple Cider


During the 2nd century AD, the Romans began heating up their cider and wine and spicing it with ingredients such as cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. As they traveled, “mulled” wine spread to other European countries, becoming particularly popular during the Middle Ages when people drank them to stay warm in cold winters (Republic of Tea)

While we don’t believe in denying ourselves any indulgences, we also know that alcohol is recognized by the body as a poison. This means that our bodies put other physiological functions on hold while it works on getting the alcohol out of our system, throwing the body out of balance and creating a strain on our endocannabinoid system in the process. For this reason, we’re sharing how to make this warm beverage with cider rather than wine — but we fully support if you decide you want to try wine instead!

Cloves are rich in the terpene caryophyllene, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory for the:

  • brain: caryophyllene can reduce chemicals in the brain that cause stress and inflammation, helping to protect the brain

  • digestive system: caryophyllene can reduce inflammation in the gut, supporting healthy digestion

Cinnamon is abundant in the terpene linalool, which is a great: 

  • anxiolytic: reduces anxiety to help produce feelings of calm and relaxation

  • sedative: can help improve sleep


About the Recipe

This recipe was developed by Rustic Supper based in Columbia, Missouri.

This recipe may be simple in preparation, but it is extremely complex in flavor! There are few things better than a hot beverage during the holidays, and this “mulled” cider does not disappoint. We can’t wait to gather around the fire with our family and to use it as an opportunity to educate our loved ones about the wonder of terpenes! 

Not interested in spending the time to round these ingredients up yourself? We have pre-filled bags available in our shop!

  • 1 gallon apple cider

  • 1 tbsp allspice

  • 5 whole cloves

  • 3 cardamom pods

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 star anise

  • 1 tbsp dried orange rind

  • Optional: Potli CBD honey

  1. Combine all ingredients into a stockpot or fill up a large tea bag with ingredients and submerge

  2. Bring apple cider to just a simmer over medium heat; reduce heat to medium-low and cook until flavors combine, about 1 hour

  3. Strain cider through a sieve into another pot or heatproof punch bowl; discard solids in sieve

  4. Ladle hot spiced cider into cups and garnish with cinnamon sticks or star anise


This cider pairs perfectly with our Peppermint, Coconut & Dark Chocolate CBD Date Bites!

Check out the recipe here!


Opportunities for Cannabinoid Infusion


If you'd like to enhance your fruit dip with cannabinoids, there are many different products that you can add to this recipe.

We recommend using Potli’s CBD honey, but you can also use an available oil-based or water-soluble tincture. See what tinctures we recommend here!

Potli CBD honey is a full-spectrum product made from hemp grown in Kentucky without pesticides, fertilizers, or chemicals. Their CO2 extracted CBD is then blended with Grade A wildflower honey harvested by hand from their own bees in the Bay Area of California. This female-owned company is passionate about “empowering you to experience and enjoy life your way” by creating products designed to help you live a high-functioning life.

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This recipe was created in collaboration with Rustic Supper and Justin McDaniel © 2018 Hempsley, All Rights Reserved