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Christmas Spice Mix

Wonderfully versatile, this gift is seasoned for both sipping and sniffing. When mixed with fruit juices, it's a delicious winter warmer-upper. Boiled in water, it makes a "scentsational" potpourri that will add a heavenly fragrance to the whole house!

Warm Spiced Cider Punch

3 reviews

This is a nice warm-up punch. I like to serve it when there is a nip in the air. The...


Hot Cranberry Cider

2 reviews

Adding colorful appeal to a wintertime meal is a easy—just turn to this tasty cider. The cranberry juice gives it...


Fireside Glogg

An aromatic blend of spices flavor this superb wine-based beverage. It is served warmed and it's sweet fruity taste will...


Breakfast Wassail

5 reviews

This fruity beverage is great all year-round, and tasty hot or chilled. I got the recipe from a co-worker and...

Cinnamon Orange Cider

2 reviews

The color of pumpkins with the flavor of oranges, apples and cinnamon make this cozy beverage a hit! You just...


Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider

6 reviews

Spiced with cinnamon sticks, allspice and caramel, this warm-you-up sipper will chase away winter's chill. Serve brimming mugs alongside a...

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

During cool-weather season, my husband and I take this soul-warming drink outside by the fire pit. Our house smells amazing...


Vanilla Citrus Cider

My mom used to make cider for the holidays, so I based my citrus-vanilla variation on her recipe. I think...


Hot Spiced Cherry Cider

3 reviews

This slow cooker cider is so nice to sip after being out in the cold. —Marlene Wiczek, Little Falls, Minnesota


Slow-Cooked Apple Cranberry Cider

1 review

Buffets are my favorite way to feed a crowd. This fruity cider can be made ahead, then kept warm in...

Tropical Winter Warmer

While raising our family, we lived in a chalet on a lake. Winter morning were cold and frosty, so I'd...


Hot Apple Pie Drink

A perfect holiday drink for adults, these are simple and fun to make.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin


Pineapple Cider Wassail

1 review

Pineapple juice prevents this hot drink from becoming overly sweet. Skip the rum—without sacrificing flavor—for a beverage that's ideal for...


Mulled Red Cider

Red wine gives a rosy glow to this warm beverage. The spices are a wonderful complement to both the wine...


Pear Cider

A wonderful alternative to traditional apple cider, our perfectly spiced, pear-flavored beverage will warm you from head to toe. —Taste...

Apricot-Apple Cider

2 reviews

Dried apricots give this comforting cider a marvelous twist. Add cranberries, cinnamon, allspice and cloves for the perfect hot drink...


Apple Cherry Punch

2 reviews

Try this cheery red punch in fall or for a festive, fruity touch that brightens the holidays and fills the...


Cherry Cider

This nicely spiced, simmered beverage is so warming. For a special holiday accent, garnish the mugs using maraschino cherries and...


Merry Mulled Cider

2 reviews

When our children were younger, I always made warm cider for Christmas Eve. This herbal version was a favorite. The...


Spiced Cider Bundles

I like to enhance the naturally good taste of hot apple cider with a bundle filled with cloves, allspice, dried...


Spiced Apple Cider

When the temperature drops outside, I like to warm up family and friends with steaming mugs of simple spiced cider....


Apricot Wassail

1 review

Apricots lend golden color and goodness to this fruity beverage from Ruth Seitz of Columbus Junction, Iowa.


Apple Citrus Cider

Patricia Aurand of Findlay, Ohio shares her warm, comforting cider with a twist of pineapple and citrus that's just perfect...

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Mulled Cranberry Cider

Whipping up this tasty beverage for a gathering—large or small—is simple. All you have to do is combine the ingredients,...


Hot Cranberry Citrus Drink

4 reviews

This lovely rosy drink, with its appealing fresh fruit flavor, is not too sweet or too tart. I sometimes serve...


Spicy Cranberry Drink

Red-hot candies add a little spice to this rosy beverage that's perfect for holiday buffets or winter potlucks. Serve it...


Warm & Cozy Spiced Cider

We take winter seriously in Minnesota. This comforting cider flavored with cinnamon, cloves and fruit juices helps warm and brace...


Sweet Pineapple Cider

I think the best thing about this recipe is that you can make it hours ahead of time so you...


Butterscotch Mulled Cider

2 reviews

Five minutes of preparation results in a dynamite slow-cooked drink. You’ll love the sweet taste of butterscotch and apple in...