Hot  Apple Cider Recipe
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Hot Apple Cider Recipe

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A hot beverage like this is savored here when chilly weather returns after summer. The clove-studded orange slices are so attractive. —SueGronholz
Recommended: 28 Slow Cooker Drinks
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 medium navel orange, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 50 to 60 whole cloves
  • 6 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick (4 inches)
  • 2-1/4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Additional cinnamon sticks, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 137 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 16mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Cut orange slices in half. Using a wooden toothpick, poke holes in the peel of each orange slice at 1/2-in. intervals. Insert a clove into each hole; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring apple juice and cinnamon stick to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the pineapple juice, honey, lemon juice and peel and nutmeg; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minute.
  3. Discard cinnamon stick. Garnish with orange slices. Serve warm with additional cinnamon sticks for stirrers if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Hot Apple Cider in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p242

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