Hot apple cider - this seasonal fall favorite is a perfect way to warm up on a crisp fall day while spending time outdoors at a pumpkin farm, a fall festival, a football game or whatever you enjoy doing outside! It's family-friendly and oh-so easy to make. You can make a batch and carry some with you in a thermal mug for yourself or, if you're making it for a crowd, you can carry it in a Thermos or coffee carafe for easy pouring.
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TIP: pour some HOT WATER into the thermal mug, Thermos or carafe. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then pour the hot water out and pour your delicious hot apple cider in! It'll stay hot longer!
Delicious Hot Apple Cider
- 10" x 9" piece of cheesecloth, doubled
- Kitchen Twine
- 6 quart Dutch Oven
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 4 3" cinnamon sticks plus more for garnish
- 12 whole cloves
- 12 whole allspice
- ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 3 lemons
- 1 apple, thinly sliced for garnish optional
Make the Spice Pouch
- Lay the doubled piece of cheesecloth flat and place the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and whole allspice in the center
- Bring the four corners of the cheesecloth together and tie the spices snugly in the center using the kitchen twine
- set aside
Make the Apple Cider
- Pour the apple cider into the 6 qt. Dutch oven
- Drop the Spice Pouch into the cider
- Turn on the heat and bring the liquid to a simmer but not to a boil
- Once the liquid has reached a simmer, continue to simmer for about 30 minutes, being careful to not allow the liquid to come to a full boil
- Remove from the heat
- Remove and discard the spice pouch
- Allow the liquid to cool slightly before ladling into mugs or glasses
Want to kick it up a bit for a fall or winter themed party? Apple cider can easily be tweaked to make delightful fall cocktails. It can be served hot, warm or cold!
Spike It Up!
Turn your apple cider into a delicious spiked version with one of these adds (I use 1 shot to 1 ¼ - 1 ½ cups of cider):
Store any leftover cider in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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