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How to Make Hot Apple Cider

Updated on May 26, 2020

Drink hot apple cider and warm your soul

Hot apple cider or mulled cider is a delicious traditional cold weather drink. It's my favorite drink during autumn, my favorite season, as I look forward to the cool and crisp air replacing the heat and humidity of summer. But it's also wonderful during winter when it's freezing or snowy outside and I try to keep warm inside.

I love the scents of apples and cinnamon. You could create them in your home by baking a pie or buying candles but my favorite way is by making hot apple cider.

Whether you are enjoying a cozy evening by the fire or throwing a holiday get together, hot mulled cider warms your body and soul every time. This drink is really simple to make even from scratch, so it's a great way to warm the heart of a large group.

A friend of mine related her experience of coming home to a hot apple cider her mom had prepared on a chilly Halloween night. It warmed not just her body but also her soul.

So is it cold or at least cool where you are right now? Well, what are you waiting for? Let's make some hot apple cider and create a magical experience!

Hot apple cider recipe

Instructions for making the best hot mulled cider

What you need

  • 1 Gallon fresh cider
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 square of cheesecloth
  • large stock pot
  • ladle
  • mugs


1. Pour one gallon of fresh cider into a large pot on the stove or into a crockpot or slow cooker.

2. Add a half cup of brown sugar.

3. Place 1 teaspoon of whole cloves, 1 teaspoon of whole allspice, and 3 cinnamon sticks on a square of cheesecloth and tie up. Add to the pot.

4. Heat the cider to a boil, stirring regularly. Leave the pot uncovered so that you and your family or guests can enjoy the warm, delicious aroma.

5. Once the cider boils, lower the setting to simmer for at least another 15 minutes to allow for thorough infusion of the spices. Stir occasionally.

6. Remove the spices from the pot and ladle hot mulled cider into mugs or other glasses designed for hot beverages.

7. Optional (for the grown-ups) - if you like you can add alcohol such as bourbon, rum, gin, cognac, or even red wine. The choice is really yours. My favorite is cinnamon schnapps as it really complements the rich, sweet flavor of the hot apple cider. You should do this last to prevent the alcohol from cooking off.

I recommend this Rachael Ray 17658 Brights nonstick stock pot for making your delicious hot mulled cider

This 6 quart stock/stew pot is ideal for stews, soups, sauces, and of course... hot apple cider. Its straight, deep sides, seamless interior nonstick surface and snug-fitting lid allow for slow, moist cooking while the shatter-resistant glass lid makes it easy to keep an eye on what's brewing. The durable aluminum construction promotes even heating, helping to reduce hot spots that can burn foods. The grippy side handles are easy and comfortable to grasp, and are dual riveted for extra strength.

Rachael Ray 17658 Brights Nonstick Stock Pot/Stockpot with Lid - 6 Quart, Red
Rachael Ray 17658 Brights Nonstick Stock Pot/Stockpot with Lid - 6 Quart, Red
The sturdy, two-tone porcelain enamel exterior adds easy-to-clean style to your kitchen. The durable nonstick pot interior allows easy food release and helps make cleaning a snap. It's oven safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, PFOA-free, and dishwasher safe.

Bonus tips

1. If you don't have cheesecloth, use a coffee filter to hold the spices.

2. You may also use other spices such as star anise, ginger, coriander or cardamom.

3. For a decorative touch, stud an apple with cloves and let it float in your cider pot instead of adding cloves to your spice bag.

4. Create sachets of your favorite spice mixture to cut down the preparation time in the future, and you can also share them with others.

Did you know...

Apple cider is the official state beverage of New Hampshire.

This is what they used in the old days to make hot apple cider completely from scratch

antique apple cider press
antique apple cider press

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So how did your hot apple cider turn out? Or perhaps you have a slightly different recipe or additional tips for making a wonderful hot mulled cider. Share them with us below!

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    • knitstricken profile image


      7 years ago

      Mmmmmmmmm. I sure would love a warm glass of apple cider right now. I'll be trying your recipe soon. Thank you for a lovely lens. Yoour choice of the autumn theme really ties it all together! :o)

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      Essentially Ind 

      7 years ago

      I will definitely try it.......:)

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      rawwwwwws lm 

      7 years ago

      Yum thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      Yum, Every year my family makes their own cider, This reminds me of home. *thumbs up*

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      9 years ago

      I just found your lens. I like it a lot. Thanks for building it. Gave you a thumbs up.

    • heidishome profile image


      9 years ago

      Great lens! I am adding it to some of my apple lenses! Thank you!

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      Christine Hulme 

      9 years ago from SE Kent, England

      umm- I can almost smell it already. Certainly worth trying it to warm and spice up the Winter!

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      Joan Hall 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      Yum, yum. Got to do this sometime.

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      9 years ago

      We use a recipe close to this using a crock pot each Thanksgiving:-)

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      Paula Atwell 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I have to admit that I am more of a hot chocolate girl than a cider girl, but this is an excellent explanation. :)

    • Othercatt profile image


      9 years ago

      This sounds way better than the packet I buy at the store! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      10 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love hot apple cider! Can almost smell it already.

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      Kate Phizackerl1 

      10 years ago

      nicely presented

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      momto4 lm 

      10 years ago

      I wish I had a cup of this right now! I can't wait to try it!

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      Sue Dixon 

      10 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      mmm..I can smell it now! Must try this.

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      10 years ago

      This is perfect. I bet this lens is going to be a huge hit during the holiday season. 5*****


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