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Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

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I love the smells of apples, cinnamon, allspice and clove wafting through the kitchen in the winter.  Sitting by a warm fire, sipping spiced apple cider is a delightful way to spend an evening.  Even better is to add a splash of Applejack or other brandy to the cider…yum!

Kendahl from Our Nourishing Roots has a wonderfully festive recipe for spiced apple
cider.  She kindly is letting us post her recipe for apple cider from her comprehensive and delightful e-book, Natural Cocktails.

If you are looking for recipes to make cocktails from Real ingredients, this book is a great resource to have.  Over 165 recipes for cocktails, mixers, garnishes and more.  Check out the book here.

Hot Spiced Cider

Natural Cocktails


  • 1 gallon fresh apple cider preferably local and unpasteurized
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 star anise
  • 12 cloves
  • 8 allspice berries cracked
  • 5 cardamom pods cracked


  • Simmer all ingredients over low heat for at least 2 hours.
  • Strain the solids from the cider and serve in mugs with cinnamon sticks as a functional garnish that doubles as a stirring stick


Spiked Version:
Add 1 1/2 ounces of Applejack or Calvados to a mug of hot cider.
Garnish with cinnamon stick.
 I am going to admit that I really enjoyed the spiked version of this cider.  Had a couple of mugfuls just to be sure it was worthy of our review.  Hahahaha!  😉

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  1. sounds really yummy! my favorite holiday beverage is…. not just one. Too many to choose from! I love hot apple cider, egg nog, champagne, and I make a delicious home made pumpkin spice latte.

    1. I love champagne too!
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  2. I just concocted a drink last night. 3 parts godiva white chocolate caramel liquor, 1 part grey goose vodka and a splash of peppermint schnapps. Served in a martini glass with a mini candy cane hung on the rim. It was a hit with my summer tennis team for pre-drinking AND as a substitute for dessert.

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