Homemade Hot Apple Cider

Friday, October 2, 2015 6 0

Every Fall, it’s on my list to go apple picking in an apple orchard. Living in the city, that means we need to travel out to the suburbs to find a farm, so it’s not the easiest thing to do on a whim. Every Fall I get excited about the prospect of apple picking, and every year, by the time I get my act together, we’ve missed apple season.

This year, I was determined not to miss apple season. I researched a few farms and decided on one that wasn’t too far away and picked a sunny Saturday to make the drive. We arrived at the farm, saw the apple trees in the distance, and walked over to the farmer to say hello. Hilariously, the farmer told us that their farm produced no apples this year! Something about their bees and nothing got pollinated. (This is actually not hilarious, and is rather worrisome – we’ve been watching documentaries about the vanishing of the bees.)

Apples and Cinnamon for Homemade Apple Cider

So no apple picking for me again this year! Instead, we drove to the farmer’s market and picked our apples from the apple bins, and I pretended we were in a lovely orchard instead. We brought home bags of Jonagold, Spartan, and Macintosh apples.

I have fond memories of going to the pumpkin patch as a child and drinking the farm’s homemade hot apple cider, and so I wanted to re-create my own. There’s just something about hot apple cider that is so cozy! Hot apple juice bubbling with cinnamon sticks and cloves fills your home with such a wonderful aroma.

Homemade Hot Apple Cider

Now that we have the juicer of my dreams, I was able to use homemade apple juice in this recipe, but you can substitute with store-bought apple juice if needed. I would advise buying high-quality organic apple juice, as that will provide the most rustic flavour. This recipe serves 4, but feel free to double it, or halve it, depending on your needs. 

Homemade Hot Apple Cider
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Homemade Hot Apple Cider uses fresh apple juice, cinnamon sticks, and cloves and is perfect for foggy October days.
Serves: 4
  • 4 cups apple juice (I used homemade apple juice that I juiced myself, but you can also use high-quality store-bought apple juice)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • slice of lemon
  • thin apple slices, for garnish
  1. In a medium-size pot over medium-low heat, add all ingredients. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
  2. Strain (or just pick out the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and lemon) before serving. Garnish with thin apple slices or extra cinnamon sticks.

Cinnamon sticks


  • lisa @ garlicandzest.com
    October 2, 2015

    This is such a fun post! If you have McIntosh apples, you need to make applesauce. I did a post on that recently and believe me, it’s easy and utterly addictive! Nice site!

    • thelovely
      October 2, 2015

      I love Macintosh apples – they’re one of my favs! I’m thinking of picking some more up at the farmer’s market this weekend, and I’ll definitely try out your recipe if I do.

  • Lauren @ A Nerd Cooks
    October 3, 2015

    So, so perfect for fall. I bet it would be pretty tasty with a little bourbon thrown in there, too ;)

    • thelovely
      October 3, 2015

      You read my mind! Next cider I make will definitely be with a little bourbon or spiced rum. Let me know if you make it and what additions you make ;)

  • Ashley
    October 6, 2015

    I’ve wanted to go apple picking for the last few years and it just never seems to happen! Some day, some day! haha This cider sounds delicious!

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