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How to Make Hot Apple Cider

November 1, 2017

hot apple cider

I think we can all agree that hot apple cider wins the award for favorite cold weather drink. But before you head out to your local coffee shop for a $12 cup of apple cider, we’re here to tell you that it’s surprisingly easy and affordable to make at home. So whether you’re preparing for a big holiday party or just sitting by the fire with a good book, put the apples from your most recent apple picking adventure to good use!

What You’ll Need:

Prep time: 5 minutes                      Cook time: 5-10 minutes                    Serving size: 6

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 6 allspice berries, whole
  • 1 orange peel, sliced
  • 1 lemon peel, sliced


Step #1: Pour apple cider and maple syrup into a large, heat-resistant saucepan.

Step #2: Place your cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, and sliced orange and lemon peels onto a clean cheesecloth (or any other type of cotton cloth). Pull the corners to the center of the cloth and tie them together with a piece of thick string.

Step #3: Set the spice bundle into the cider mixture you made in step #1.

Step #4: Place the saucepan over low to moderate heat for 5-10 minutes. While your cider should certainly be warm, it should not be boiling.

Step #5: Turn off the heat and throw out the spice bundle. Immediately pour your cider into a large pitcher, then into individual mugs.

Get Creative

While traditional apple cider never fails to warm our hearts, there are dozens of ways to spice (literally and figuratively) it up a bit.

  • Add one cup of red or white wine per two cups of apple cider for a more adult twist on this winter classic.
  • Bring out the fruity flavors of classic apple cider by adding freshly made red sangria to the mix.
  • Irish whiskey. Give your drink a more rich and creamy taste by adding in one shot of this cream-based liqueur per one cup of cider.
  • Fruit slices. Cranberries, apples, oranges, berries — nearly all of our favorite fruits taste delicious when sliced and added to warm apple cider.
  • Spices and mints. Break a few fruit peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and peppermint out of your beloved spice drawer and let guests create their own drinks.

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