Hot Apple Cider

This hot apple cider recipe is the perfect drink for chilly fall evenings! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s easy to whip up and can be tailored to your liking. Whether you like it sweet or spicy, this cider will hit the spot.


  • 1 litre (4 cups) apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • Optional: sweetener of choice, to taste


  1. Place the apple juice, cinnamon stick, cloves, and orange slices in a pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Taste and add sweetener if desired. Serve hot in mugs.

Potential changes & improvements

There are a few ways you can change up this recipe to suit your taste. If you like things on the sweeter side, you can add in more sweetener or use a sweeter apple juice. If you prefer a spicier cider, you can add in more cloves or even a dash of ground cinnamon or nutmeg. And if you want a bit of a boozy kick, feel free to add a splash of your favourite spirit.

What other food it works well with

This cider is delicious on its own, but it also pairs well with a number of fall dishes. Try serving it alongside a big bowl of chili or a hearty stew. It would also be delicious with roasted meats or roasted root vegetables. And of course, it’s always a hit at holiday parties!

Common Mistakes

One common mistake people make when making this cider is using water instead of apple juice. While you can technically do this, the cider will be much less flavourful. Be sure to use 100% apple juice for the best results. Another mistake is not simmering the cider long enough. If you don’t let it simmer for at least 5 minutes, the spices won’t have time to infuse properly and the cider will be bland. Finally, don’t forget to add the orange! The citrus really brightens up the flavour and ties all the ingredients together.

Nutritional Information

This cider is naturally gluten-free and vegan. One cup (250ml) contains approximately:

  • 130 calories
  • 0g fat
  • 33g carbs
  • 1g protein


  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Soy

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