How to Make Apple Cider

By: Kaitlin Weiler, FaveSouthernRecipes Original Recipe
How to Make Apple Cider
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Hot apple cider is the perfect fall beverage because it is warm and comforting. Learn how to make apple cider in your own home this fall and winter with this simple recipe. To make this homemade apple cider recipe, you only need to combine a few simple ingredients in a pot and allow them to heat up together. The best thing about this hot apple cider recipe is that it will fill your home with the spicy aroma of cinnamon and clove. This spiced apple cider would be great on Thanksgiving Day.

Cooking Time25 min


  • 1 (64-ounce) bottle apple cider or apple juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 7 whole cloves
  • 1 orange


  1. Using a vegetable peeler or paring knife, peel the orange into long strips of zest.

  2. Combine the apple cider in a large stock pot with the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange peel.

  3. Heat the cider over medium heat for 20-25 minutes until hot. Discard the orange peel, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Serve.

  4. If desired, top with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Make hard cider by adding 1 ounce of apple brandy to each mug of hot apple cider.

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