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This Hot Apple Cider Recipe is Addictive!

photo of a mug of hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick garnish Seriously, this hot apple cider recipe is so delicious I just can't get enough.

I always make a gallon of it for parties in the fall and winter and I "taste test" it so often as it's warming that I'm in my very happy place by the time the guests arrive.

(Did I mention that I like it spiked?)

Several years ago I tested a lot of hot apple cider recipes, took what I liked from each and this was the result. Not only is it addictive, it's a fool-proof recipe too.

You really can't mess it up. And if, by some one in a trillion chance, you do...just go a little heavy-handed with a bottle of rum. Believe me, you'll get raves.

The Best Hot Apple Cider Ever


  • 1 gallon good quality apple cider
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup packed dark or light brown sugar, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Place all of the ingredients into a large crockpot and stir.

Cover and heat on medium until the cider is completely heated through. This will probably take 2 to 3 hours. Stir the mixture occasionally.

Once it's heated through, adjust the heat setting on the crockpot to low so your guests don't burn themselves when they take a sip!

You can float a few slices of oranges and lemons in the pot if you like, along with a cinnamon stick or two. Have some extra cinnamon sticks handy for garnishing the mugs.

Because I often have guests who don't drink, I leave a bottle of dark rum by my crockpot so that the guests who like their cider spiked can add it themselves. If you'd like to spike the whole recipe, I'd add about a cup of rum to start with (toward the end of the heating time), and then adjust the amount from there.

Serves about 16-20.


You might also be interested in these pages:
Fall Party Ideas
Winter Party Ideas Hot Alcoholic Drinks


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