Hot Apple Cider 9 Comments

Dec 20, 2010

I was in New York this past weekend. The city was magical with brightly lit Christmas trees, stunning window displays, and people getting together to celebrate the holidays.

Hot apple spiced cider was on every restaurant menu and I finally ordered one at Gramercy Tavern The steamy apple cider was served in an oversized mug with a tall cinnamon stick. The cinnamon stick gave a nice aroma and created an elegant presentation with a dried apple slice floating on top. The cider was perfect for the brisk winter’s day.

Here is my version of spiced apple cider with allspice, cloves, cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Warm and satisfying. Just a few minutes of prep time and your house will start to smell like the holidays.

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2 quarts apple cider
½ cup brown sugar, tightly packed
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon cloves
3 sticks cinnamon
1 dash of nutmeg



Cook Time

30 minutes


In a tea strainer combine all the spices. If you don’t have one of those wrap the spices tightly in a cheesecloth.

In a large saucepan, combine apple cider, sugar and salt. Add spices. Bring slowly to a boil. About 20 minutes. Turn down the heat to a simmer for 20 minutes. Discard spices.

Add cinnamon stick and dried apple to each mug.

This can be made ahead of time and reheated when needed, but don’t boil.

Filed Under

Drinks and Thanksgiving Recipes

Spices Used

Cinnamon, Allspice, Cloves and Nutmeg and Mace

Other Ingredients Used

Apple Cider


i love warm apple cider! when i was working for coffee bean, they had the warm and iced version. i personally like the warm version. comforting to see your pic now. happy holidays!

ah Teo, over 5 years ago

I must try this... In Europe, it's always Vin Chaude or Glüwein. I'm allergy to alchohol and this recipe is suitable for me to try :-)

Thank you so much for the recipe and Happy Holidays!

pixen, over 5 years ago

Looks nice and warming. I like to spike my apple cider with a splash of port:-)

Marc @ NoRecipes, over 5 years ago

Looks fantastic and warming. A question: when you say 'apple cider' do you mean alcoholic or non-alcoholic?

arista, over 5 years ago

Hi Arista,
Non-alcoholic. Thanks Ursula

Ursula, over 5 years ago

hi there - I just stumbled upon your site when looking for a recipe for this delicious drink I first sampled in Canada. Great site, and I can't wait to try the recipe. Only thing is, as you might know, apple cider in Australia is not at all what is available in North America. Any suggestions on tweaking the recipe for using apple juice instead? Many thanks!

Frances, over 5 years ago

This sounds like a great beverage to get your home smelling like the holidays. I had to share in my holiday cocktail round-up. Thanks for the inspiration!

Juli A, over 2 years ago

love love love hot apple cider thanks for the recipe

—alana, over 2 years ago

Thanks. Gonna make on Christmas eve. Sounds delicious!

—andy parker, over 2 years ago

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