How to Make Hot Apple Cider From Scratch

Make hot spiced apple cider from scratch!  This mulled apple drink makes a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving and Christmas parties and is sure to impress your guests.  It’s also a fun DIY project for a cold weather weekend. Cooked on the stove and you can also make it in a slow cooker.


Garnish (optional):


  1. Pour water into a large pot. Put it on the stove and turn on the heat. Wash the apples and cut each apple into 4 to 6 pieces.
  2. Place the apples, raisins, cloves, anise star, cinnamon sticks, allspice, and nutmeg into the pot with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for about 1 hour keeping the liquid at a very low boil.
  3. In the meantime prepare the orange by scraping off a thin layer of the orange peel (a microplane grater works best but you can use a regular grater too) and then pressing out the juice from the orange.
  4. After about one hour, open the lid and slightly mash the apples using a potato masher. No need to create apple puree, just make sure the apples are slightly broken apart. Add the orange zest and orange juice.
  5. Close the lid and continue cooking the hot apple cider for another hour. Once it finished cooking, turn off the heat and let it cool.
  6. Strain the hot apple cider. Please refer to the blog post for the step-by-step instructions on how to quickly strain it.
  7. Add the apple cider vinegar. Taste and add molasses if desired. When ready to serve, heat it up and add garnishes.


1.  The drink keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 days.

2. If you keep it in the fridge, you can add a cinnamon stick to further infuse it with spices.

3. This recipe makes about 10 to 11 cups of hot spiced apple cider. Make sure to keep a lid on the pot at all times when cooking to ensure the liquid doesn’t evaporate too much. Also, a lot of the liquid will be in the cooked apples so make sure to squeeze them well once you remove them from the pot.

4. Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 6 portions.


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