This easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe is an easy to make cold weather treat, it's like Christmas in a cup. And very easy to make! It's like a mulled cider, with apple juice steeped in spices. I love apple and cinnamon recipes, whether it's American Apple Pie or my easy Apple Turnovers, all are fall favorites! Come to think of it, this is like a hot apple pie drink!
Is Hot Apple Cider Alcoholic?
Moving to Australia, the concept of Apple Cider here is different from the American Apple Cider. Like the Brits, Aussies usually drink Apple Cider as a cold alcoholic drink, made from apples. The concept of a non-alcoholic American style Hot Apple Cider recipe made from juice doesn't exist here. I usually freak people out when I tell them I am giving my children Apple Cider! This is a non-alcoholic apple cider recipe.
When it gets cold here, drinking Hot Cider with cinnamon sticks reminds me of the Thanksgiving, Halloween or Christmas season. We used to buy instant hot cider mix at Costco, but as it doesn't exist here in Australia, so I've had to learn how to make it myself. It's so easy, I wonder why I bought the processed stuff before.
How to Make Hot Apple Cider
You don't need to go to Costco to buy your Hot Apple Cider, it's so easy to make at home! Usually I use cloudy Apple juice, but in the video, I bought regular Costco Apple juice. It only take 10 minutes for the flavors to combine together. Don't skip the ground spices, as they infuse flavour better than the cinnamon stick, but you will need cheesecloth!
You can make a bouquet garni for the spices to make it easier to take the spices out, but it's not as clear as using a cheesecloth to strain the Hot Apple Cider. For a flavor variation, sometimes I use ¾ teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice instead of the cinnamon and nutmeg. It doesn't take long for the flavors to steep into the apple juice. If doubling the recipe, no need to double the spices, just allow to flavors to sit a little bit longer.
If you want an alcoholic Hot Apple Cider, you can add some rum at the very end just before serving, or make it with an alcoholic cider. Some people like adding a little brown sugar, or even caramel sauce to the recipe, but I think Apple juice is usually sweet enough.
So easy to make, all natural and healthier than store bought with unpronounceable ingredients - Easy Hot Apple Cider. Warms me from the inside out. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
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Hot Apple Cider Made From Scratch (Video)
- ½ gallon /2 litres of cloudy apple juice
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 6 cloves
- In a saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a boil, reduce and simmer for about ten minutes.
- Strain the spices before serving. Enjoy