Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe

This post was last updated on December 26, 2014 to include new images and a recipe video.

Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe

I hope you all had an absolutely wonderful holiday filled with family, friends, good times and great food.

Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe - Ingredients

Without fail, I find I am so sad when the summer comes to an end because I think it is my favorite time of year.

But, as the leaves begin to change, the weather starts to cool and I hear those familiar holiday tunes, I realize just how much I love the winter holiday season.  I love the food, the time with family and the general hustle and bustle of life as it gets closer and closer to Christmas.  I mean…who doesn’t get the urge to tap their feet to Jingle Bells, right?

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One way I love to celebrate the holiday season is to break out my easy hot apple cider recipe and share it with my family.  I just love the smell of the cinnamon, oranges, cloves, and apples simmering away on the stove.  It’s truly better than any candle you could buy.

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I also enjoy the excited look on Dustin’s face as I hand him a steaming mug of hot apple cider. Though, I always have to tell him it’s too hot to drink right away cuz we both know he’s gonna go for it if I don’t tell him.

Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe

This hot apple cider is really simple to make and tastes so yummy.  It will warm your soul.  Well, maybe that’s going a little far, but it will definitely hit the spot.

Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Anyways, I hope you try out this easy hot apple cider recipe.  It’s quick and delicious and will make your house smell like Christmas.  Winner!

Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe
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Here's a delicious and Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe that will warm your heart and soul.
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 quarts 100% apple juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 apple, unpeeled and cut in half
  • 1 small naval orange, unpeeled and sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  1. Carefully insert the whole cloves into the apple on both the flesh and skin sides (see picture above).
  2. Heat apple juice over medium heat in a large pot or dutch oven.
  3. Once heated, add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Promptly remove the apple halves, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and any clove remnants from the pot.
  6. Serve hot.


  1. leah says

    this looks really good and the comments all suggest that it comes out good so i’m going to try it!
    i am making for a crowd of 20 people. should i double all the ingredients?

  2. Roberta Kovacs says


    This looks great. Can you please tell me how many litres you can make out of this (doing this particular recipe

    Thanks a lot! :))


  3. Nati says

    Hello! I tired out your recipe at a little get together with some friends and it was a huge hit! I’m going to use it at my family’s big Christmas eve party, hopefully it will go over well there too!

  4. Linda says

    Just made this for our Holiday Party – we loved it! I added a couple of lemon slices and also a peeled piece of ginger. It looks so pretty simmering on the stove so I left the fruit in longer too.

    • says

      While you can definitely make the cider without the oranges, they do add a really nice flavor an depth to the drink. If it were me, I would want them…but you’re welcome to try without them and see! It should still be tasty. :)

  5. Edwin says

    My wife and I are having an ‘Autumn Gathering’ at our house this evening and greatly looking forward to using your recipe! Yours by far, looks like the best I could find – Thanks for posting! Also, Kelli (above) had a fabulous suggestion with the Apple Brandy; we’ll have that on standby!

  6. Jessica says

    I made this today with my children for our trip to the local farm and pumpkin patch! The kids LOVE the cider! It will become our damn tradition every year!

  7. becki says


    This looks very delicious and simple, I was just wondering how much it is likely to make? I really only want to do a small batch to test it out as my husband is very picky!

    Thanks :)

  8. Kelli says

    Just did this cider for a party and it was the hit! Only change I made was I added a couple slices of lemon. After taking out the apple/orange/etc, I left it on the stove on low during the party and although it thickened up a tad by the very end, it stayed hot and was great tasting. People added AppleJack Brandy if they wanted a kick. I will use this recipe every year now.

  9. says

    Congrats on the bun in the oven :) The apple cider looks fab. We were recently in NYC and my bf fell in love with hot apple cider at the markets we frequented. Must make it for him when Winter comes round for us!

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