This post was last updated on December 26, 2014 to include new images and a recipe video.
I hope you all had an absolutely wonderful holiday filled with family, friends, good times and great food.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!
- 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
- Carefully insert the whole cloves into the apple on both the flesh and skin sides (see picture above).
- Heat apple juice over medium heat in a large pot or dutch oven.
- Once heated, add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- Promptly remove the apple halves, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and any clove remnants from the pot.
- Serve hot.
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