Homemade Apple Cider


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Hot Apple Cider is a delicious spiced apple drink, perfect for fall and winter months! You need just a handful of fall spices and citrus (and a few minutes), to prepare this cozy beverage!

I absolutely love the coziness of hot drinks (like Pumpkin Spice Lattes or an Irish Coffee) and this old fashioned favorite joins the ranks with non-alcoholic ingredients!

What is Apple Cider?

The difference between apple cider and apple juice lies in the filtering of the solids (and the heat processing) but this can vary from state to state. Apple juice is strained (which is why it’s clear compared to cider) and often heated in processing.

Apple juice is not a good substitute in this recipe as it’s more tart!

To Make Cider from Scratch

Homemade apple cider is quite a treat! The recipe below uses either homemade or store bought apple cider depending on how much time you have! Store bought makes this recipe extra quick while still filling your home (and belly) with the warm delicious spices of cider.

To Make Cider from Scratch:

  1. Combine 10-12 apples (any variety), 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar (depending on apples), 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 slices lemon and 3 slices orange in a large pot.
  2. Add enough water to cover apples by an inch or so. Simmer 35-45 minutes or until soft.
  3. Gently mash apples and strain through cheesecloth.  Discard solids.

Overhead picture of ingredients for Apple Cider on a wooden board.

How to Make Spiced Apple Cider

This simple apple cider recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3 to prepare! And when making in the crockpot it is great to leave bubbling away all day wafting through your house!

  1. Using a cheesecloth, prepare a spice pack according to recipe directions below.
  2. Pour cider into a large pot and add the spice bag.
  3. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Or, make in the CrockPot and simmer on medium-high for 2-3 hours.

Garnish with cranberries, and apple and orange slices. Serve warm.

Ingredients for homemade apple cider in a piece of cheesecloth

Ways to Enjoy Hot Spiced Apple Cider!

While traditional apple cider is perfect on its own, we love to “spice” this hot beverage up!

  • Serve in small mason jars or pretty glasses with a cinnamon stir stick and pieces of fruit!
  • Have it with a slice of Pumpkin Bread or a plate of Pumpkin Blondies.

How Long Does It Last?

Hot apple cider is one of those recipes that tastes even better the next day, so don’t worry about making too much! It will be even more delicious tomorrow than it was today!

  • In the Refrigerator: This hot cider should last 7 to 10 days.
  • In the Freezer: Let cool and pour into an airtight container, leaving about 2 inches at the top for expansion.

Simply reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until warm.

Apple Cider

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Apple cider, fall spices and citrus slices simmered with cinnamon sticks until perfect!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups apple cider store bought or recipe below
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 apple halved and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • cranberries & orange slices for garnish optional

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Instructions

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove 3 large pieces of rind from each the lemon and orange. Be careful to only get the colored part and leave the white part behind.
  2. Cut a 6" square of cheesecloth and place all spices, rinds and half of the apple slices in the center. Tie with kitchen string.
  3. Place cider in a large saucepan. Add spice bundle and simmer on low 5-10 minutes. Remove spice bundle and add garnish with cranberries, remaining apple slices and additional orange slices if desired. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Spice Substitutions: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon can be substituted for cinnamon sticks if desired
1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice can be substituted for all spices if desired
To Make Cider from Scratch (in place of store bought):
  1. Combine 10-12 apples (any variety), 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar (depending on apples), 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 slices lemon and 3 slices orange in a large pot.
  2. Add enough water to cover apples by an inch or so. Simmer 35-45 minutes or until soft.
  3. Gently mash apples and strain through cheesecloth.  Discard solids.
 
Nutrition Information
Calories: 159, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 12mg, Potassium: 335mg, Carbohydrates: 40g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 32g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 66%, Vitamin C: 25%, Calcium: 49%, Iron: 1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Apple Cider in a clear mug with orange & apple slices, cranberries & cinnamon as garnish.
Apple Cider in a clear mug with orange & apple slices, cranberries & cinnamon as garnish.
Top photo - Apple Cider in a clear mug with orange & apple slices, cranberries & cinnamon as garnish. Bottom photo - Overhead picture of ingredients for Apple Cider on a wooden board.

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