Easy Homemade Hot Apple Cider Recipe

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Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Nothing warms the heart on a cool day quite like hot apple cider! Here are two easy homemade apple cider recipes you’re sure to love!

Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Here is a great hot apple cider recipe someone gave me.

1 bottle apple juice
handful of cinnamon candy (red hots)

Heat in a crock pot or on the stove on low till dissolved. Then enjoy!

Thank you, Jennings


If you don’t have red hot candies, here is the hot apple cider recipe from Dining on a Dime.

You can adjust these ingredients to suit your own taste. I love mine sweet, so I add almost twice as much sugar. You can adjust the other spices too.

I put my hot apple cider on the lowest setting my burner will go and simmer the cider for hours just because it makes the house smell good. You can put it in a crock pot and leave it on low for the same effect.


Wassail or Mulled Cider Recipe

8 cups apple cider
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 tsp. whole allspice
1 cinnamon stick

Heat all the ingredients to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Strain and pour into a punch bowl. Serves 8.


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  1. says

    I do the same with just a couple cinnamon sticks.
    leave it in the slow cooker and it scents the room very nicely during the day.
    It is a nice home coming after the cold weather outside.
    My husband is diabetic so the unsweetened juice and cinnamon sticks makes it a treat he can enjoy.

  2. Annmarie says

    Wow! I just tried grandma’s homemade hot applie cider recipe. It’s delicious! Thank you for sharing this, as it’s so much better than the store-bought powder and hot water kind :0)

  3. says

    a few more hot drink treats.

    flavoured teas that are specialty for Christmas can be made simply by making a cup of tea and adding a cinnamon stick or a bit of nutmeg. this is similar to the pumpkin pie teas they sell.
    If you want a peppermint flavoured one stir it with a candy cane. stronger let it melt in the cup while you drink.

    • K says

      Great ideas! I makes a cinnamon “tea” that I love this time of year. It is simply to put a cinnamon stick in a mug and pour hot water on it, then let it “steep” for a couple of minutes, depending on how strong you want it. No caffeine, no sugar (unless you want to add some), light, hydrating, warming, soothing, AND you can use the same cinnamon stick several times.

  4. Frenchy says

    You can get a nice apple-flavoured infusion by drying and keeping your apple skins. It is possible to add some cinnamon while drying them or brewing your infusion, or simply by storing a cinnamon stick within the peels. This makes for a lighter drink than hot juice.

  5. Maggie says

    We get wonderful apple cider at our Farmers’ market and I just heat it on the stove for a short time or in the microwave and it enhances the apple flavor tremendously. What a nice treat on a cold or dreary fall or winter day. All I need is a few ginger snaps, some hot cider and a good book. After this, you are so snuggly warm you just want a nap. :)

  6. Bea says

    Last night I made the drink using hot apple juice and red hots and it was good. I also had Iced Gingerbread cookies from Germany that I bought from Aldi’s. They are great. Jill does your Aldi’s get Chritmas stuff? The Aldi’s here has so many pretty things for Christmas. Candies and cookies and Cherry Stollen from Germany that has Black Forest Liquor and is covered with confectioners sugar that looks like snow. Cool stuff.

  7. Bea says

    I just want to say that those Glazed Gingerbread cookies from Aldi’s are very good. They have chocolate on the bottom and colored icing on top and are soft. Very good. Also, sometimes it’s cheaper to buy something nice like that Cherry Stollen from Germany, instead of making it yourself, because of all the nice ingredients, like candied fruit, marzipan, and liquer, like you have mentioned on this site in the past. The Stollen looks so pretty too.

  8. Bea says

    Jill, I was looking at a Christmas book last night and just happened to notice a recipe for Stollen and was intrigued because in the Stollen I bought from Aldi’s I noticed a filling in the shape of a circle that runs through the Stollen, and I wondered why it was there. While I was looking at the recipe it mentioned that the circle of filling is suppose to symbolize Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. Isn’t that nice?

    • says

      It is Bea. Many of the foods we eat especially the ones that came with settlers from so many different countries have interesting storing and meanings behind them.

  9. Bea says

    I think that’s so nice Jill. I know the candy cane has an interesting history and when I found it out it made me like them even more.

  10. patty says

    i use the recipe with the whole spices, but i also add a cup of orange juice and a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice

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