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How to Make Hot Apple Cider

Updated on September 24, 2014
Hot apple cider
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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 and winter although autumn is my favorite season as I look forward to the cool and crisp air replacing the heat and humidity of summer.

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.

Let's make some this holiday season (which for me begins in October with Halloween)!

Hot apple cider instructions

Recipe for the best hot mulled cider

Hot apple cider ingredients

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




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.

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Additional tips

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

2. Add a splash of rum or brandy.

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.

Did you know...

Apple cider is the official state beverage of New Hampshire.

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I hope you love your hot apple cider - Leave your comments here

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      knitstricken 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Yum thanks for sharing!

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      Landonite 6 years ago

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

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

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

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      heidishome 7 years ago

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

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      Christine Hulme 7 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 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Yum, yum. Got to do this sometime.

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

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

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      Paula Atwell 7 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. :)

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      Othercatt 7 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 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love hot apple cider! Can almost smell it already.

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      Kate Phizackerl1 8 years ago

      nicely presented

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      momto4 lm 8 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 8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

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

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      anonymous 8 years ago

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