Homemade Hot Apple Cider


Nothing beats this apple cider recipe on a cold winter day. Enjoy a warm mug of fresh apple cider sweetened with pure maple syrup. Start with only six strips each of the orange and lemon peel, and adjust to taste.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 6 cups apple cider

  • ¼ cup real maple syrup

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 6 whole cloves

  • 6 whole allspice berries

  • 1 orange peel, cut into strips

  • 1 lemon peel, cut into strips


  1. Pour apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.

    Apple cider and maple syrup poured into a saucepan.

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  2. Place cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel, and lemon peel in the center of a square of washed cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.

    Cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange and lemon peel placed in a cheesecloth.

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    Spice bundle dropped into cider mixture.

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  3. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cider is very hot but not boiling.

    Heat until cider is hot but not boiling.

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  4. Remove cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle.

    Remove cider from heat and discard spice bundle.

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  5. Ladle cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.

    Close up on a glass mug of hot apple cider, with a cinnamon stick garnish.


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

163 Calories
0g Fat
40g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 163
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 33mg 165%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 240mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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