Apple Cider Day: Easy and Cost-Effective Recipe

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Today is Apple Cider Day, and we know the perfect way to celebrate is with a delicious cup of hot apple cider! 

Not only is this apple cider easy and cost-effective, but it’s quick as well. Within 15 minutes, you’ll be sipping your new favorite drink for this winter. 

Easy Homemade Apple Cider


6 cups apple juice or cider-buy your favorite brand 

¼ cup maple syrup- we recommend using real maple syrup 

2 cinnamon sticks 

6 whole cloves 

6 whole allspice berries* 

1 orange peel, cut into 6 strips 

1 lemon peel, cut into 6 strips 

*if you can’t find whole allspice berries, ¼ tsp of allspice powder also works. 


  1. Pour apple cider and maple syrup into a large pot or saucepan. 
  1. Place cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel, and lemon peel in the center of a square of washed cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a food safe twine. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture. 
  1. *If you don’t have a cheesecloth, don’t worry. Put all the spice and citrus peels in the cider mixture and strain the cider with a fine mesh strainer. 
  1. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until the cider is hot but not boiling. Adjust for taste, and add more spices or citrus peels to your desire. 
  1. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle or strain the cider into another large pot or bowl. Ladle cider into your favorite mugs or cups, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired. And Enjoy! 

Have a hard hot apple cider with your favorite spiced rum, brandy, flavored whiskey, or flavored vodka. 

Happy Apple Cider Day, everyone! 

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