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Homemade Hot Apple Cider

  • Author: Celeste
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Drinks, Fall Recipes
  • Cuisine: American


This homemade hot apple cider is made with fresh apples and tons of cozy fall spices. Perfect for staying warm on a chilly autumn day!


  • 78 large apples, cored and quartered (we use 1/2 honey crisp 1/2 granny smith)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/2 large orange, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) whole frozen cranberries
  • 6 cups (1 1/2 L) water
  • Honey, to taste (or any sweetener of your choice)


  1. Place all the ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  2. Once simmering, cover and reduce to low heat. Cook for 1 hour.
  3. With a wooden spoon or potato masher, mash the fruit to release the juices. You don’t need to mash them completely, but just enough to get the liquid out of the fruit. Cover and continue to cook on low for 3-3.5 hours, stirring after every hour.
  4. Turn off the heat to cool slightly then add the honey (or your sweetener of choice).
  5. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a large pot or pitcher. Discard the solids.
  6. For a smoother drink, strain it one more time to get rid of any extra pulp at the bottom. Discard the solids or keep as applesauce.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!


Nutrition information listed without sweetener


  • Serving Size: 1 cup (250 ml)
  • Calories: 138
  • Sugar: 27.7 g
  • Sodium: 11 mg
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.7 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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