Food and Drinks

Hot Spiced Apple Cider

The aroma of spiced apple cider in your home during the autumn is nothing like the sweet, spicy scent. It tastes as good as it looks. This version is easy and made with readily available ingredients. It also has no sugar added, which allows the natural sweetness in the apples to shine. Oh yes!

This is a great drink for entertaining guests on cold days and during apple season. We’ve already mentioned that it is SO simple! Only four ingredients are needed, just one pot, and only 20 minutes! We’ll show you exactly how to do it!

Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

You can choose between cold-pressed cider or juice. Apple juice is more readily available, but it doesn’t usually have the same apple flavor as cider. There is a solution: Select a high-quality brand of apple juice that contains whole apples or apple puree. Voila! Problem solved!

Add the juice to a pan with cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange peel. That’s it. Apples are naturally sweet, and no sugar is needed.

Then, prepare to have your house filled with delicious fall vibes and aromas.


  • Unsweetened apple juice or cider (about 1 quart)
  • Cinnamon sticks, 3 inches each
  • Two whole cloves or one small pinch of ground cloves
  • Orange peel cut into 3-inch strips (organic is recommended // only the orange part — the white pith adds bitterness).


  • All ingredients should be added to a large pot or saucepan and heated to medium-high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Serve it hot or with a little bourbon for a boozy hot toddy. You can warm the cider in a slow cooker or on the lowest heat setting on your stovetop for entertaining.
  • For longer storage, store cooled leftovers in a covered refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze them in an ice-cube tray. Reheat the food on the stovetop.

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