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Hot Cider Recipe

Hot Cider Recipe

Field editor Glenna Tooman of Boise, Idaho dresses up apple cider using lemonade, orange juice, honey and spices. "It makes a welcome treat for a party," she notes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min. YIELD:18 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 1 gallon apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 individual tea bag


  • 1. In a large stockpot, combine the water, allspice, cinnamon stick and cloves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Add the remaining ingredients. Return just to a boil. Discard cinnamon stick and tea bag. Stir and serve warm. Yield: 18 servings (4-1/2 quarts).

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ferryal User ID: 3337544 108690
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"This is by far the best Hot Cider recipe. I cut the recipe in half & added spiced rum to each cup. Next time I will add a handful of dried cranberries or golden raisins to each mug. The heat from the hot cider will plump them up, but have to remember to serve it with a little spoon so they can be spooned up?..! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us all."

poolman User ID: 4467534 169705
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"This is SO delicious! We make it all the time!"

TheDix User ID: 607421 99917
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2010

"Have made this twice. Second time I made my own lemonade concentrate with fresh lemon juice, sugar and water--turned out great again!

Soothing and warm drink."

dlindenf User ID: 4192917 155370
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"This recipe had so much flavor! My guests loved it! However, I think I would add less orange juice next time."

DiTy1204 User ID: 4303662 77699
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

"This is a wonderful recipe. Great flavor and easy to make. My guests raved about this all night! I put spiced rum and southern comfort on the side for anyone to add if they chose. I am definitely keeping this recipe for entertaining!"

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