Serious About Cider? Six Unique Hot Cider Recipes to Combat the Cold

December 02, 2015

Serious About Cider? Six Unique Hot Cider Recipes to Combat the Cold

Oh my goodness, where did autumn go? Those beautiful, golden days are quickly being replaced with puffier jackets, frost-kissed cheeks, and the much-anticipated snow day. While Fall, in all of its glory, will be greatly missed, we're perfectly content to snuggle up by the crackling fire with a steaming mug of one of these soul-soothing cider recipes while the weather outside does something frightful. Which one will you try first? Cheers!

Crock Pot Spiced Citrus Apple Cider

This is a Kumquat autumn favorite. Ok, we like it so much that we basically drink it fall, winter, and spring... and sometimes in the summer, slow simmered and served chilled over ice. The citrus twist brightens this spiced classic and the crock pot keeps it warm all through the evening. Dare I say a PERFECT make-ahead for holiday parties? Add a splash of brandy to make this satisfying beverage extra toasty.

1 Gallon Unfiltered Apple Juice
2 Oranges
2 Lemons
2 Cinnamon Sticks
10 Whole Cloves
5 Whole Allspice Berries
Brandy to taste (optional)

Directions: Combine the unfiltered apple juice, juice of 1 orange, juice of 1 lemon, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice in the crockpot. Slice the remaining lemon and orange into 1/4" slices and float 5 slices of each citrus in the mixture. Simmer in the crockpot on high for 1 hour before serving. Once you begin serving, reduce the crockpot to low heat to keep the cider warm. If you are short on time or need to make up another batch on the fly for your thirsty guests, combine the ingredients in a large pot and bring the mixture to boil on the stove and reduce heat to simmer on the stove for 10 minutes

Spiced Vanilla Pear Apple Cider

Spiced Vanilla Hot Apple CiderYou had us at "vanilla." This delectable combination of apple cider, pear, spices and vanilla from My Baking Addiction is a delightful and pleasing twist on classic. Add a splash of bourbon or rum for a beautiful cocktail to serve at your next holiday gathering. Get the recipe here.


Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

Crock Pot Cranberry CiderThis yummy cider recipe from Kleinworth & Co. gets extra points for being gorgeous. But seriously, look at that color! It might just be the embodiment of love... in beverage form. This make-ahead beauty is another great holiday win that will make your house smell divine as it simmers to perfection. Find the recipe here.


Masala Chai Spiced Cider

Marsala Chai Spiced Hot CiderMasala Chai Spiced Cider. Two wonderful classics, together at last. This soothing winter drink from Food 52 with ginger and spices is a lovely way to settle the belly after a rich holiday meal. Add a touch of your favorite dark spirit to create a toasty and satisfying digestif. Find the recipe here.

Hot Buttered Cider





Hot Buttered Cider Another match made in heaven! This cider deliciousness was devised by the fine folks at Burton's Grill in Boston, MA as a seasonal concoction. While many of us wont be able to experience this buttery goodness firsthand, we'll settle for the next best option of trying it out for ourselves at home.  Find the recipe here.

Spiced Pumpkin CiderOf course, what seasonal lineup would be complete without a pumpkin spice inclusion? You're right, a bad one. Luckily, this fine recipe from She Knows for Spiced Pumpkin Cider saved us from pumpkin-less disgrace. Smooth and spicy, this yummy drink is sure to tame the raging pumpkin spice craving we've been harboring since September. Find the recipe here.

Do you have a favorite cider recipe? We want to know! Comment below or send us an email. We always love hearing what's on your mind. 


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