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Hot Apple Cider

In this recipe, brown sugar and spices add extra flavor to already delicious apple cider. —Marlys Benning, Wellsburg, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches), broken
  • 1 gallon apple cider


  • Fill the filter-lined basket of a large automatic percolator with the brown sugar, cloves, allspice and cinnamon sticks. Prepare as you would coffee according to manufacturer's directions, but substitute cider for water.
Editor's Note: Do not use a drip-style coffee maker for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 124 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 23mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • IslandChickadee
    Dec 21, 2014

    This is delicious! Served it at a party for 16 people, and everyone loved it! Definitely my go-to for hot apple cider. Fortunately, I have a large percolator, but, it could just as easily be made in a slow cooker, dutch oven, or large pot on the stove top.

  • DeKay81
    Nov 6, 2014

    I made this for a family gathering using apple cider and everyone loved it. I used less brown sugar than called for.

  • NannyDudley
    Oct 29, 2014

    I have made this for many years. Just put everything in a Dutch oiven, bring to a boil. Turn heat off and let it steep for as long as you wish. Cool. Very good. Freezes very well.

  • Rhenon
    Oct 28, 2014

    Sounds great. What if you don't have a coffee percolator?

  • Janadele
    Oct 28, 2014

    Great for a Halloween Party.

  • daycaresahm
    Oct 26, 2013

    This is by far, the most delicious hot apple cider recipe ever!!! It is also so easy to make! We just used this recipe recently at a baby shower and had to make two more batches because it was so popular! This is my go-to recipe from now on!!!

  • Missionary
    Oct 20, 2010

    I discovered this little gem of a recipe in a TOH magazine one year and it has been our family's go to recipe for apple cider ever since. I cook weekly meals for a large number of Marines and Sailors stationed overseas and this is very popular with them. The best part of this recipe (besides the taste and smell) is the unbelievable ease of it. Just throw everything into an automatic percolator and you're good to go. Excellent, fuss free, and yummy. Try it; you won't be disappointed.:)

  • freddie2
    Feb 16, 2009

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