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Hot Apple Cider

What’s nicer than a mug of hot apple cider during the fall and winter season? Here’s a favorite recipe of mine.

15 min cook | 6 servings | 5 min prep

Diet Categories:
  • Vegan


  • 6 cups organic apple juice
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup (you can use way less - let's face it
  • 2 apple juice is sweet on its own)
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries (I never really use these but if you have them laying around
  • go for it)
  • 1 orange peel
  • cut into strips (optional)
  • 1 lemon peel
  • cut into strips (optional)


  1. Pour the apple juice and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
  2. Place the cinnamon sticks cloves allspice berries orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth
  3. Fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle then tie it up with a length of kitchen string.
  4. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture. I'm not that concerned if it all sits in the broth loose - just be careful not to pour it into your mugs when you serve it.
  5. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until the cider is very hot but not boiling. You can leave it on the lowest simmer during a party.
  6. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired (I never do that part - it looks fancy and nice but feels like a bit of a waste of a cinnamon stick - so it's optional).