Spiced Cider Recipe

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Spiced Cider recipe

I started making this Spiced Cider recipe years ago when I was working at a radio station. Before Christmas we always had an office pitch-in, and this is what I brought. The flavors simmered and came together for a perfect warm drink on cold December days.

Spiced Cider Recipe

I use a 5 1/2 qt pot for this recipe and it would make 8-10 servings, but it’s very easy to adjust up or down. You can even try different liquors for a grown-up kick, such as Captain Morgan Spiced Rum or Cinnamon Schnapps for a “red hot” version!


  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5-6 cloves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 orange slices, halved


Spiced Cider recipe

Easy peazy directions:

Gently stir all ingredients together in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer and stir to dissolve brown sugar. Simmer for an hour or longer; serve warm.

Garnish idea: I speared a cinnamon stick through an orange slice for a fun and flavorful garnish! You can see in the picture below how it can easily lay across the top of a narrow mug such as Irish coffee mugs.

Spiced Cider recipe

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  1. says

    I love the photos, they make me want to make this! I had some spiced cider the other day with bourbon but it was way too strong. I’d love to make an alcohol-free version like this – even better that it happens in a slow cooker!


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