Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

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When the temperature drops outside, I like to warm up family and friends with steaming mugs of simple spiced cider. The recipe can easily be doubled for a larger group.—Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 6 cups apple cider or juice
  • 8 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 2 lemon peel strips
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4 slices red apple, cored and cut in half

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 95 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 19 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the apple cider, cinnamon sticks, lemon peel and nutmeg. Insert a clove into each apple slice; add to cider.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 minute. Discard lemon peel. Ladle into mugs. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Spiced Apple Cider in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p101

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