Hot Apple Cider

Hot Apple Cider

And it’s super easy, too!

In the more brisk months, there’s nothing better than wrapping your hands around a hot mug of apple cider. Just the fragrance is enough to lull anyone in from the cold and calm the senses for a while. But, in my opinion, the jug of store bought stuff is much too sticky sweet.

Homemade Apple Cider

Instead, a toasty cup of cider made easily from apple juice, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and a fresh orange fits the bill! Not to mention, the aroma makes every inch of your home smell spicy, cozy and seriously amazing.

Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Warm up with a mug of this irresistible apple cider, and maybe a soft Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle too? All you need is a handful of basic ingredients, a love of fall flavors and some friends to toast to!

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Hot Apple Cider

Yield: Serves 6 (1 cup each)


1 quart apple juice

2 cups water

5 cinnamon sticks, plus more to garnish

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

6 whole cloves

1 orange, sliced (leave skin on)


In a large pot over high heat, bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 15 minutes, or longer, stirring occasionally.

Serve hot and garnish with cinnamon sticks.


Adapted from Elana’s Pantry