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
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (for each serving):
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 ounce apple brandy, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 136 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (25g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in honey and spices. Transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  2. To prepare cider: In a small saucepan or microwave, heat apple cider until warm; stir in 1-1/2 teaspoons butter mixture. Pour into a mug. Add brandy if desired. 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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