Hot Apple Cider Recipe

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

Hot Apple Cider recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

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?

Hot Apple Cider recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Hot Apple Cider recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Hot Apple Cider recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

One way I love to celebrate the holiday season is to break out my 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.

Hot Apple Cider recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Hot Apple Cider recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Hot Apple Cider recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Hot Apple Cider recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This hot apple cider is really easy 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.

Hot Apple Cider recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Looking for an adult hot apple cider?  Though I haven’t yet tried it with this recipe, feel free to add some dark rum to the cider recipe.  I’d start with about one cup and then go from there for taste.  Not only does Dustin not drink alcohol, but me and rum are taking a hiatus for a bit while I have a lil’ bun in the oven.

Speaking of the lil’ bun, we found out last week we are going to have another baby girl…isn’t that so exciting?  If she’s anything like Jordan, life will only get better.

Hot Apple Cider recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

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

Hot Apple Cider Recipe
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Here's a delicious and simple Hot Apple Cider Recipe that will warm your heart and some instructions on how to make it with rum.
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. Once heated, add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Promptly remove the apple halves, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and any clove remnants from the pot. Serve hot.



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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

20 comments… add one

  1. Megan December 31, 2010, 12:45 pm

    That snowman mug is too cute! The cider sounds delicious.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef December 31, 2010, 2:49 pm

      Hey Megan! I know — isn’t it the cutest little snowman mug? When I saw them at the store, I knew they would be perfect for my hot apple cider :)

  2. Jackie December 31, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I will be trying this out…as I love apple cider.

  3. Y January 1, 2011, 3:59 am

    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!

  4. Kelli December 17, 2011, 1:23 pm

    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.

  5. becki October 9, 2012, 10:58 pm


    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 :)

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 10, 2012, 12:10 pm

      It makes a good 6-8 servings. You can try cutting the recipe in half to see how it goes. Good luck!

      1. becki October 10, 2012, 8:49 pm

        Thank you! I made it last night – it was delicious and mr picky loved it! I added extra apples so I could eat them as poached apples afterwards – it worked out perfectly :)

  6. Jessica October 11, 2012, 4:25 pm

    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. Edwin October 12, 2012, 11:16 am

    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!

  8. Cameo October 31, 2012, 6:50 pm

    This looks great! Are the oranges and lemons super required? I would love to not go to the store for the third time..! :)

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 31, 2012, 9:36 pm

      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. :)

  9. Linda December 10, 2012, 5:55 am

    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.

  10. Nati December 23, 2012, 6:57 pm

    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!

  11. Roberta Kovacs February 15, 2013, 6:38 am


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

    Thanks a lot! :))


  12. Mary November 3, 2013, 1:46 am

    If I have some left over, can it be refrigerated and reheated?

  13. leah January 3, 2014, 4:13 am

    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?


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