Spiced Apple Cider

Spiced Apple Cider is sure to warm you up from head to toe all winter long. Not to mention how heavenly it will make your kitchen smell!

Our family went to a friend’s birthday party several years ago on a cold, chilly afternoon. As we walked into the house, we saw a huge group of kids gathered around something in the kitchen. My first thought was they must be attacking an enormous plate of cookies, but as we got closer I realized that they were all standing in line for hot Apple Cider. 

We quickly joined the queue. You didn’t even have to taste it to know how good it was going to be. The entire kitchen was filled with the incredible aroma of apple and spices, drawing all the little guests to the stove like an aromatic Pied Piper!

It’s remained pretty cold here in California so Spiced Apple Cider has remained one of our favorite special drinks to make during the winter. It's perfect at this time of year; sure to warm everyone's tummies! It's everything you could want in a winter drink: warm and cozy, fruity and spicy. Plus, it doesn’t get much easier to make, so you can enjoy this special treat with your family all winter long.

I love this recipe because of how simple it is to make and how much you can make at once. It's perfect for larger get togethers and sure to make a big impression with everyone! Serve this apple cider with some delicious cookies like Classic Spritz Cookies and Gingerbread Animal Crackers on the side, or you could even make these Cinnamon Toast Pinwheels with it.

It's also great for making a cozy night in at home with your family, curled up next to the fire and watching a movie really special. The whole family will be obsessed! 

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Spiced Apple Cider (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 20 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 64 ounce container of apple cider
  • 12 cloves
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


1. Place all the ingredients (including the juiced lemon rinds) in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.

2. Serve (obviously don’t ladle the cloves, cinnamon or lemons into the cups!).

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Alison Hospitality Haven

    That sounds absolutely delicious! One of my favourite drinks to order when I'm out is a caramel apple cider...maybe you could add a dash of caramel to yours! :)

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  • Sophie

    I don't have anywhere to buy cider. Do you know how I can make it?

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    • Catherine

      You can try to use organic Apple juice if you can't find cider.

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  • Chelsea

    i was wondering about the lemons... you put the juice from them into the cider right? cause the way it sound is that you only want to put the skins into the cider. i want to make hot apple cider for my mommy and baby group on friday so just wanted to ask and make sure i understood correctly. thank!! :D <3

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  • Andrea

    I was wondering the same thing as Chelsea!

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  • Jennifer

    I'm confused about the lemons too.

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    • Catherine

      Just squeeze the lemons to get all the juice out then throw them into the pot :) this will add some essence from the rind

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  • Jen

    Gotta follow up with a dumb question - are you squeezing all of that lemon juice into the cider or discarding it and only using the rinds?

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    • Britt

      I'm right there with the dumb question... The lemon juice goes in as well? Or just the rind?

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    • Justin

      I still do what learned a while ago in a rearsutant that I managedthe waitresses would but a shaker full of salt in the pot and then fill it halfway with ice cubes and swirl it around until the friction polished the insidesthen they just rinsed itsometimes tho i take this big wooden spoon I have and swirl the ice with the spoonworks just like sandpaper

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  • Emily

    Have you been to Oak Glen Apple Orchards near Yucaipa? You can pick your own apples in season and press your own apple cider. It's fun to see kids get excited about it!

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