hot spiced apple cider

Hot Spiced Apple Cider

hot spiced apple cider

Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Noa Yaakoba-Zohar – @practicallynutritious
This hot spiced cider recipe is one I learned from my mom, who would make it every year around Hanukkah. We would have friends and family over, light the Hanukkah candles, and enjoy a hot (and usually slightly alcoholic) glass of cider. Although this year will probably be different, I know that wherever I end up celebrating the holidays, I will be making this cider and feeling like I’m back home.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 10 people


  • 1.5-2 L apple cider
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 5-6 whole cloves
  • 2-3 star anise
  • 1/3 cup raisins optional
  • 1/2 cup apples chopped, optional
  • 1/2 orange rind optional
  • 3/4 cup gin, rum, vodka, or other spirit of your choice (I personally prefer gin) optional


  • Add everything, except for the alcohol, to a large pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. 
  • Turn off the heat and add the alcohol (if you wish).
  • Serve and enjoy!

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