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Hot Spiked Cider
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Hot spiked cider, simmered with toasty autumn spices, fresh ginger, and citrus is fall in a cup, with an edge!

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot cider, spiked cider
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 222 kcal
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 8-10 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 one-inch piece peeled gingerroot
  • 2 strips of lemon peel (3 inch pieces)
  • 2 strips of orange peel (3 inch pieces)
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1 orange, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Applejack brandy
  1. Lay out a piece of cheesecloth and place cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, peppercorns, gingerroot, and citrus peel in the center. Gather the edges and tie securely with twine.

  2. Pour apple cider into a large pot and add the cheesecloth bundle and orange slices.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer over low heat.
  4. Continue to simmer over low heat for 20 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  5. Stir in brandy and discard cheesecloth bundle.
  6. Pour in mugs, garnish with cinnamon sticks, and orange slices to serve.

Recipe Notes

Special equipment: Cheesecloth and twine

  • Cheesecloth makes it very easy to fish the spices and citrus peel from the simmering cider. Tie it to the side of the pot with twine while it simmers.
  • You can serve the cider after 20 mins, but the longer it simmers, the more developed the flavor will be. It will also make your house smell amazing as it cooks!
  • Can't find Applejack brandy? Substitute rum, spiced rum, brandy, or even bourbon.
  • Add the brandy just before serving, as the alcohol will cook off if you put it in too early.
Nutrition Facts
Hot Spiked Cider
Amount Per Serving
Calories 222
% Daily Value*
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.