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Hot Apple Cider | Learn how to make healthy, sugar-free hot apple cider for the holidays | A Sweet Pea Chef

Hot Apple Cider

Warm up the cold winter nights with this hot apple cider recipe that makes a perfectly spiced, healthy, and easy hot apple cider the whole family can enjoy.
Categories Clean Eating, gluten free, holiday, hot drinks, Paleo, Refined Sugar Free
Difficulty Easy
Keyword apple cider, apple cider recipe, hot apple cider
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 126 kcal
Author Lacey Baier

Ingredients

  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 tbsp. orange zest
  • pure maple syrup, optional for added sweetness

Instructions

  1. Combine spices in a sauce pan and cook over medium-high heat until aromatic, about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.

  2. Add the nutmeg, and stir to combine.  The, add in the apple juice and orange zest.  Bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, depending on how strong you like your cider.
  4. Pour juice through a fine-mesh sieve, into a mug. Allow to cool slightly.

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Recipe Notes

Combine spices and cook over medium high until aromatic. Add all remaining ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, depending on how strong you like your cider. Pour juice through a fine-meshed sieve, into a mug. Allow to cool slightly.

Nutrition Facts
Hot Apple Cider
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 126
% Daily Value*
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 276mg8%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 23g26%
Vitamin C 4.8mg6%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.