Simply Spiced Hot Apple Cider

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

I’m afraid I just have a very simple and quick recipe for you today.  With a sick little girl I’m not doing much else and a warm drink like this is perfect and comforting on a day like today 🙂

To be completely honest, I don’t remember having hot apple cider when I was younger.  In fact I think it was a particularly cold winter day after sledding that my little sister-in-law introduced me to the real stuff.  It’s so simple, but so delicious to warm up with a small mug of this.  It can be fairly strong stuff, so a small serving is just right, or you can water it down slightly like I like to do for my kids anyways.

You’ll notice the recipe calls for orange skin.  Although I have some mandarin oranges in the pictures, use a navel orange for flavoring the cider.  When I have navel oranges I use a vegetable peeler to peel them before I remove the white pith and enjoy my orange.  Then I leave the skin on a plate on the counter for a day or two until completely dry before storing in an airtight container or bag.  Sometimes I even grind it up and store it that way to use in recipes that call for orange zest when I have no fresh oranges.  The same amount of dried zest can be used in place of fresh if you’re interested in trying it.

As for apple cider, you want to look for a very minimally processed juice.  The juice at the store that is completely clear has so much of  the nutrition removed, you’re much better off finding a murky juice, even one that you can still see little bits of apple pulp floating around in.  If you live near an apple orchard, that’s your best bet for finding a minimally processed apple juice or cider.  At the very least please look for an apple juice with nothing else added, and certainly no extra sugar.


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1 Hollie December 18, 2013 at

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2 Brianna October 13, 2012 at

Can u make hot apple cider without cinamen sticks?


3 Joyce Cooper January 19, 2012 at

I loooooooove hot apple cider. Never tried adding orange though – thanks for the recipe!


4 K&B N. December 28, 2011 at

Apple Cider is the best when served hot. We personally prefer home made warm cider over sparkling cider.


5 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 23, 2011 at

Sounds like a wonderful warm and soothing drink. Hope your little girl feels better soon.


6 Baltic Maid December 23, 2011 at

This season, I haven’t made apple cider yet but this recipe sounds so delicious. I’ll give this a try one of these days. Thanks for this lovely recipe.


7 Richa@HobbyandMore December 22, 2011 at

love the spices and the flavors in this perfect hot cup of cider.. i think i am going to make some once i get done with my holiday list and finally have a couple of days of cozy movie days!


8 Kelly @ Inspired Edibles December 22, 2011 at

What a gorgeous idea for a drink. And… anything with the word “simple” in the title works for me (especially this time of year!) – thanks Heidi!


9 brandi December 22, 2011 at

ooh, love the idea of the orange peel!


10 Sarah Naveen December 22, 2011 at

perfect for the season ! beautiful clicks !


11 Trevor Allen December 21, 2011 at

My step one would be to actually make apple cider. There’s none of it down here in Peru! Do you know any easy ways to do that?


12 Snippets of Thyme December 21, 2011 at

Mmmmm..I didn’t grow up with apple cider either but boy I sure love a steaming hot cup at this time of year!


13 Kathryn * Dramatic Pancake December 21, 2011 at

Hi Heidi, LOVE your site! I am definitely going to have to spend some more time here. Apple cider is such a nostalgic thing for me, and yours sounds absolutely divine — just the sort of simple, warm comfort I find myself craving this time of year!


14 Nicole, RD December 21, 2011 at

I just love your photography…so pretty 🙂 Simple recipe, but classic…and amazing photos to accompany 🙂


15 Heather December 21, 2011 at

I too never experienced Hot Apple Cider until a few years ago when a neighbor prepared a big batch for us – it was so comforting,.

Your version looks wonderful !

I hope your little girl feels better in time for Santa’s arrival


16 Kathryn December 21, 2011 at

This sounds so wonderfully warming and delicious! I hope your sick little girl gets better soon and in time for Christmas.


17 Kiran @ December 20, 2011 at

That is one mug of comforting cider. Perfect for cold days when you just want to snuggle under the blanket and watch oldies on TV 🙂


18 Jennifer (Delicieux) December 20, 2011 at

This looks so warming and comforting…and delicious!

Happy holidays!


19 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 20, 2011 at

Looks so cozy and delicious 🙂 This is a good alternative to hot chocolate every once and awhile, I need to remember to pick some up!


20 Pure2raw Twins December 20, 2011 at

sounds perfect for these cold days we have been having here. I do not think I really had apple cider growing up as well. it always smells good. I enjoy it now from time to time 🙂


21 shez December 20, 2011 at

This looks so warming and healthful (and is that creamed honey I see? Delicious!) Hope your little girl recovers quickly and is in bright spirits for the holidays!


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