hot mulled cider recipe with pear, ginger and whiskey

This is a rich, warmly spiced recipe for hot mulled pear cider. It’s filled with cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and spicy ginger and topped off with a boozy hit of whiskey to keep you extra warm!

  • Author: Indi Hampton
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


1 quart pear nectar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

one 2-inch piece of ginger, sliced into coins

6 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half

2 bay leaves

1 cup whiskey

1 pear, thinly sliced


  1. In a large saucepan, combine pear nectar, brown sugar, lemon juice, ginger, cloves, cinnamon pieces, and bay leaves. Heat over low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves, for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Strain off spices, if desired. Remove from heat and stir in rum.

  3. Serve in heatproof glasses or mugs and garnish with a few pear slices.


Mulled cider recipe can be cooled and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Gently rewarm over low heat. It's best if you stir in the rum after rewarming it, to prevent the alcohol from evaporating.


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