This Hot Apple Cider Recipe is Addictive!

Seriously, this hot apple cider recipe is so delicious I just can't get enough of it.

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 my guests arrive.

Oh, did I mention I like it spiked?

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

You really can't mess it up. And if, by some one in a trillion chance, you're not sure it tastes quite the way it's supposed to ... just go a little heavy-handed with a bottle of rum. Believe me, you'll get raves. 

Hot Apple Cider

  •  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 (or a large saucepan or Dutch oven) and stir.

Cover and heat on medium until the cider is completely heated through. This will probably take a couple of 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.

Add a few slices of oranges and lemons to the pot if you like, along with 5 or 6 cinnamon sticks. Have some extra cinnamon sticks handy for garnishing the mugs.

Because I often have guests who don't drink alcohol, 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, add about a cup of rum to start with (just before serving time), and then adjust the amount from there.

Serves about 16-20.