Mom’s Hot Apple Cider

apple cider

One of my favorite drinks during the Holiday season is my Mom’s hot apple cider. Nothing beats the taste of fresh apples mulled with flavorful spices such as cloves, all spice, cinnamon and orange peel. This year we made it together for Thanksgiving, and it came out just how I always remember it: perfectly delicious! I wish I made it more often, but I usually only have it during family dinner parties and during the holiday season. An easy way to make it is to add the apple cider to a large crockpot and then just add all of the seasoning spices and turn it on high for about 3 hours. Once it is ready, just strain out all of the loose seasonings before serving. It is best when really hot, but be careful not to burn yourself!

What is your favorite holiday drink?


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Mom's Hot Apple Cider
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Type: Drinks
Serves: 16
  • 1 gallon Apple Cider (from fresh apples)
  • 1 orange
  • 2½ tbsp whole cloves
  • 2½ tbsp whole allspice
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  1. Add the gallon of apple cider to a large crockpot and set on "high". apple cider
  2. Wash and grate the peel of the orange into the crockpot, then slice the orange in circles and add to the crockpot. apple cider
  3. Crush two cinnamon sticks and add together with the whole allspice and cloves. cinnamon sticks
  4. Add the remaining cinnamon stick to the apple cider and cover.
  5. Heat on high for 3 hours.
  6. Use a small strainer to scoop out the seasonings before serving. apple cider
Makes 1 gallon apple cider


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  1. Anne@FromMySweetHeart says:

    Thanks Kristi….for sharing such a special recipe! I love hot apple cider, too! But I’ve never made it in the crockpot. What a great idea. You can start it…go out and do a little shopping….and come back to a wonderfully scented kitchen and a very relaxing drink. My favorite holiday drink? Well I think it’s now going to be YOUR mom’s apple cider! : )

  2. Stephanie says:

    I love hot apple cider! I bet that simmering pot smelled delicious. I’ve never heard of adding orange before… what a great idea! My other favorite holiday drink is low fat egg nog. 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend!

  3. kitchenriffs says:

    We make a spicy apple cider drink also – and usually add dark rum to it! Great tip about using the crockpot. I’ve not done that before, and it makes so much sense. Thanks.

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