When I was young, I loved drinking hot apple cider from packages of apple flavored powdered mix commonly found at convenience stores and coffee counters.  It wasn’t until I was in junior high that I discovered real hot apple cider was actually made with real apple cider and not a mix you add water to.  I was at a friend’s house and her mother offered me a mug of spiced cider with a cinnamon stick.  The cider smelled incredible, and I sipped it very slowly so I could enjoy it as long as I could.  Drinking the real stuff was an eye opener.  I remember thinking, “Wow, this is really, really good.”

Long before I married my husband, I knew that someday I wanted to be the type of mother who shared her love of cooking and good food with her children.  Although I liked those powdered apple cider packets when I was a kid,  I love being able to share the real thing with my kids so they can experience and appreciate the real thing.  And they do love it, especially on a cold dreary morning.

Making apple cider is so simple, and a great activity the family can do together.  Simply mix apple cider and a few spices and bring it boil, and then a low simmer.  This recipe also uses fresh orange slices to add a layer of citrus flavor to make it extra special.

With Halloween approaching, I can’t think of a better warm drink to make before the kids head out for an evening of trick or treating.  Recipes like this one are what fond childhood memories are made of.

Recipe: Spiced Hot Apple Cider

  • Prep Time: 5 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 20 min(s)

An easy recipe for hot apple cider.


  • 8 cups pressed apple juice/cider (not from concentrate)
  • 1 orange, cut into 1/4″ slices
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 inch piece of ginger cut into coin sized slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice


  1. Add all the ingredients to a large pot. Bring the cider to boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and allow the cider and spices to simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Strain the cider before serving.

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