Easy Spiced Apple Cider

Spiced Apple Cider is the perfect warm drink for a chilly fall evening and especially for Halloween! All you need are a handful of ingredients and spices, as well as about 30 minutes to make this easy apple cider recipe. Makes 8 servings.

Spiced Apple Cider in white cup with cinnamon stick garnish

Happy Halloween, y’all! (Or, as I’ve said several times today to my husband, my sister and my dog, ‘Happy Howl-o-ween!’)

Yes, I’m that person. Let’s just embrace it, mmmkay?

Today, I wanted to share a favorite recipe of mine for this time of year…

Why I love this recipe:

This easy hot Apple Cider recipe was concocted on All Hallow’s Eve 2012, when I wanted something warm to hold while I opened the door time and again to the various trick-or-treaters.

If you’re looking for a super easy, delicious win for any fall entertaining occasion (or just to make for yourself), this apple cider recipe is for you.

It’s not totally from-scratch cider, which would be excellent, though I lack the foresight and planning to do that.

Also, if you want to transform this into an adult beverage, I can confirm the mulled cider pairs nicely with bourbon and rum.

More apple cider drinks to try: Apple Cider Moscow Mule | Apple Cider Punch with Elderberry | Sparkling Bourbon Apple Cider Punch | Apple Cider Margaritas | Spiked Caramel Apple Cider

Looking for more cocktail inspiration? Head on over to my Drinks Recipe Index for more ideas.

Two cups of Spiced Apple Cider, served in mugs with cinnamon sticks

What you need to make this recipe:

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Let’s talk ingredients!

In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Apple cider—this unfiltered apple goodness packs so much flavor and deliciousness into this drink. If you can’t find cider, you may use apple juice.
  • Spices—we’re using a combination of cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. You could also throw in a few star anise, too, if you have those!
  • Brown sugar—I’m a fan of dark brown sugar for this recipe for the additional molasses flavor, but you can use light brown sugar if that’s what you have.

Apple Cider in white cup with cinnamon stick garnish

How to make easy apple cider

Pour the store bought apple cider into a large saucepan or a Dutch oven.

Add the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and brown sugar.

Warm over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally and bring the cider to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer the cider for an additional 30 minutes.

Serve or save for up to two weeks in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave when you want a cup of cider.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make apple cider at home?

We’re making this apple cider easy by purchasing some classic cider from the store and adding our own spice blend and sweeteners! If you want to make apple cider from scratch, check out this recipe.

What mixes good with apple cider?

It depends on what you like, but I love to pair caramel with apple cider. I also love to add bourbon, whiskey and rum to cider.

How long is homemade apple cider good for?

This will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

Spiced Apple Cider in white cup with cinnamon stick garnish

Quick tips and tricks to the easiest spiced apple cider recipe

  • Double or triple the recipe. This is great for a crowd and so simple to make!
  • Keep it warm in the slow cooker or crock pot. If you want to serve this for a gathering, the slow cooker is a must! Set out mugs and garnishes beside the slow cooker and let guests serve themselves.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Chances are, it won’t last that long! Reheat in a microwave-safe mug in the microwave when you want individual glasses.

Armed with this information, are y’all ready to make these beauts?

Here’s how you make it…

Two cups of Spiced Apple Cider, served in mugs with cinnamon sticks
Yield: 8 servings

Spiced Apple Cider

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Spiced Apple Cider is the perfect warm drink for a chilly fall evening and especially for Halloween! All you need are a handful of ingredients and spices, as well as about 30 minutes to make this easy apple cider recipe.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Pour the apple cider into a large saucepan.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and brown sugar.
  3. Heat over medium-low heat, and bring to a boil.
  4. Once the ingredients have come to a boil, lower the heat and simmer the cider for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, or save for up to two weeks in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave when you want a cup of cider.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 0g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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The photos and recipe for this Spiced Apple Cider were originally published on October 31, 2013. The photographs, along with the text of this blog post, were updated on October 31, 2016.

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8 Comments

  1. That apple cider looks delicious. I can almost smell it from here.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

    1. Let me know what you think when you make it, Megan! It’s SO simple, but it’s just so delightful and home-y for this time of year.

  2. The cider looks amazing and I thought the sugared pumpkin was a donut! Please send them my way. Stopping in as a co-host from the #ThatsFreshFriday Link Up. What a great site. I look forward to connecting further! Krayl

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Krayl, and now that you’ve said you thought the sugared/glittered pumpkin was a donut, I want a pumpkin donut. (Totally normal, right?) Let me know if you try the cider!

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