Hot Buttered Cider Mix Recipe

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Put the butter base for this beverage in a decorative jar and attach a copy of the recipe for a great gift from your kitchen. You can omit the brandy for a kid-friendly version.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:64 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 64 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 ounce apple brandy, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup prepared cider equals 136 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.


  1. Beat butter and brown sugar until blended; beat in honey and spices. Transfer to an airtight container. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
  2. To prepare hot buttered cider: In a microwave-safe mug, microwave apple cider until hot; stir in 1-1/2 teaspoons buttered cider mix and, if desired, brandy. Yield: 64 servings (2 cups cider mix).
Originally published as Hot Buttered Cider Mix in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2009, p99

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