Spiced Apple Cider


Spiced Apple CiderI asked on Facebook what your favorite taste of fall was the other day.  One of mine is spiced apple cider.  I have been making this recipe for years and for all those years people have been asking me for the recipe.  For many years I served it at a holiday open house I held and each year when people would RSVP for the event they would ask me if I was serving my spiced apple cider.  My kids have all called  home to ask for this recipe while they were away at college so they could make it for their friends.    I originally shared it back in 2008 but it is time to share it again with  new  and improved photos. In fact the first time I shared it there were no photos.

Fall is off to a good start here in the Northwest – the leaves are beginning to turn.  I am sure the rains are on their way but we’re enjoying the amazing 70 degree, sunny blue sky  Fall days while we can.  Halloween is coming so I’m sure the rains are too.

I grew up in Wisconsin and often went trick or treating in the snow – it would make me so mad because I’d have to wear my winter coat over my costume and no one could even see how cute I was!!

Here in the Northwest we have to do the same thing – although it’s not snow but rain we are dealing with. When we plan costumes you always plan for wearing warm clothes underneath or a coat over the top!

I always had a pot of hot Spiced Apple Cider on the stove when those cold and possibly wet tricker or treaters came home.

Spiced Apple Cider

I think this may be one of my most requested recipes by my family and friends.  It is so good.  The trick I have found to really good spiced apple cider is to let it brew for as long as possible.  The longer it brews the deeper the flavor. I use a combination of whole cloves, allspice and cinnamon sticks but then I add in a few other secret ingredients.  Brown sugar and orange juice.  When I made it this week for a girls craft night I was hosting I realized I didn’t have any orange juice but I did have pineapple juice so I used that instead and it was still wonderful!


Spiced Apple Cider


Of course you can dress it up a bit more with some whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.  I just used some caramel ice cream topping I had in the fridge already.  I think it’s better than the Starbuck version!

Spiced Apple Cider

Like I said, the longer it brews the better it tastes.  It can get a big “sludgy” after it has simmered for quite a while.  If that happens I just add in some more of the apple cider to dilute it a bit and make it go farther.

Spiced Apple Cider


Welcome fall with some yummy spiced apple cider.

For other yummy hot drinks try these:

Candy Corn Hot Chocolate on a Stick Thin Mint Hot ChocolateHalloween Hot Chocolate

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Spiced Apple Cider
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1½ C orange juice
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 6 cinnamon sicks
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 12 whole allspice
  1. Mix together and bring to a boil
  2. Simmer at least 30 minutes
  3. The longer it simmers, the better it gets
  4. As it brews longer it will form a "sludge" at the bottom of the pan - I just add more cider, let it brew a while longer and you are good to go!
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Katie says

    I was wondering what All Spice is and where you can get it. I would love to make this recipe! I found your blog through my cousin who I guess is friends with your son at BYU. I love it!

  2. says

    Katie »
    I am so glad you found my blog. How fun that we have a connection. Allspice can be found in with all the other spices at the grocery store.. It is a smalll, round little ball shape. Enjoy the cider!! I am in Utah right now having a great time with my kids!

  3. says

    One of my favorite things about fall is warm spiced cider, but it never tastes the same when I make it at home. I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  4. Tamara Reber says

    Thanks Leigh Anne for this great recipe. I KNOW you are enjoying your time with Logan, Clark, and Cali in Utah. They truly are blessed to have you as their mother. HUGS!

  5. Cherilyn says

    Leigh Anne!
    Hope you had fun with the kids (and gave Cali a hug for me!). Cider is Mitch’s favorite ~ can’t wait to give it a try!

  6. Lindsey says

    Leigh Anne,
    I’m having a holiday party next weekend and am definitely making this (along with one of your cookie recipes, haven’t decided which yet). I’m looking forward to my tiny apartment being filled with the smell of cider!

  7. Darcie L. says

    I just made this and my house smells amazing. It really is good. I am going to bring some to my daughter at her work tonight and take it with me to share with my coworkers on my unit, they will love it!

  8. Rachel M. says

    Hi there,
    It is going to be a cool trick or treat night her in Inola, OK so i thought i would make this yummy warm drink for them just like you do for your family. 😉
    I couldn’t find whole allspice can I sub ground?

  9. Rachel M. says

    Thanks and Happy Halloween! I just added 1 tsp of ground. I searched high and low for the whole allspice but couldn’t find it. Thanks for sharing – the kitchen already smells delicious!

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