Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Recipe found at the Kind Life

It’s time to take advantage of the apple harvest and sip on something warm during the cold months. What’s better than a warm mug of apple cider? Those of you who are looking for an alternative to hot chocolate, take a look at this fresh and healthy choice.


What You Will Need:

•6 cup(s) of organic apple juice
•1/4 cup(s) of real maple syrup (you can use way less – let’s face it, apple juice is sweet on its own)
•2 cinnamon sticks
•6 whole cloves
•6 whole allspice berries (optional)
•1 orange peel, cut into strips (optional)
•1 lemon peel, cut into strips (optional)


1.Pour the apple juice and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
2.Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of 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. I’m not that concerned if it all sits in the broth loose – just be careful not to pour it into your mugs when you serve it.
3.Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling. You can leave it on the lowest simmer during a party.
4.Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired (I never do that part – it looks fancy and nice, but feels like a bit of a waste of a cinnamon stick – so it’s optional).

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Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But if you follow this book’s plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months or even years. Visit her web site at

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Originally published December 6th, 2011
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