Spiced Apple Cider Recipe



Here’s a delicious hot beverage to snuggle up with and read a good book or watch a movie with your family. What’s fun about this recipe, other than the fact you need very few ingredients and that it’s super easy to make, is that you can make this a cocktail or leave the alcohol out. Either way it’s wonderful!


Spiced Apple Cider

4-5 cups apple juice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

3 ounces spiced rum (optional)

cinnamon sticks and apple slices to garnish

In a small pot heat the apple juice, spices and rum (if using) over low/medium heat. Stir often while the mixture is heating so the spices will blend into the juice (you don’t want any spice clumps). Once it’s hot pour into two mugs and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm, while wearing a turtle-neck sweater (Note: turtle-neck sweater is optional).


Spiced Apple Cider, makes 2 servings. Recipe by Emma.

Spiced Apple Cider

Servings 2


  • 4-5 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 ounces spiced rum optional
  • cinnamon sticks and apple slices to garnish


  1. In a small pot heat the apple juice, spices and rum (if using) over low/medium heat. Stir often while the mixture is heating so the spices will blend into the juice (you don't want any spice clumps).
  2. Once it's hot pour into two mugs and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm.
  • I’m going to make this for a fall party this Friday. We’re going to use fresh apple cider in place of the apple juice from many of the orchards here in Maine. We’re making two gallons of it for a party and will leave it in a slow cooker.

  • love this stuff. its just to bad that no one in my family will drink it.

  • Thank you thank you thank you! As an americanliving abroad, I can now make this on cold autumn nights as well as serve it to my English boyfriend who has never had proper American cider x

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  • it looks great! I never saw a drink with nutmeg before 😛
    I’ll try some drinks and I can comment here telling you 🙂

    I love this site very much


  • I just tried it and made it, as I’m stuck at home sick. Really tasty, and easy for even a sick person to make. Brava, Elsie!

  • Yum! I’m making this right now! Other spices I’m considering are ginger, cardamom and cloves 🙂

  • Makes my mouth water just reading the ingredients! Can’t wait to try it! I follow you on bloglovin!

    Have a great evening!


  • cider is one of my favorite things about fall! i make a huge batch in a crockpot every Thanksgiving for my family.

  • I’ve always wanted to know how to make this! Great post 🙂

    Sarah x


  • Oh man, this is definitely gonna come next for me this winter…I’ve mastered my Mulled Wine, and I need another hot, delicious alcoholic drink, so thank you 🙂

  • i am TOTALLY doing this soon!! my mouth is literally watering.

    girl, i am obsessed with your blog!! you’re SO gorgeous, quirky, and fun!

  • Sound delicious! i´ll try it!


    Your blog is adorable!

  • my happiest fall memories are always at the cider mill!! i’ll definitely have to try this.
    fancy [no]pants

  • I have the perfect turtle neck to go with it 🙂

    LOVE hot cider in the fall…


  • I was really curious. Can you refrigerate the cider and drink it later??

  • I love apple season — so much to do with apples! I can’t wait to try this out, Elsie! <3

  • That sounds really good. What beautiful photos you’ve taken to illustrate the post too!

    Loulou Downtown

  • Love the apple slices as decoration! Had my first apple cider last year and with the weather getting pretty cold now, it’s the perfect timing to hang out at home and enjoy some cider.

    Clutching The Bow

  • Yum!!! I can practically smell apple cider looking at these photos. It is still hot in so. cal so I can’t wait until it cools off a bit so I can turn on the fire and have cider!

  • this is EXACTLY what I was looking for for a dinner party i’m having soon. Oh man, you guys are DIYing my heart out. It feels like it skips a few beats in delight every time I see another fun project posted. Pretty please do keep it up!


  • Mmmm, I love apple cider. Definitely one of my very favorite fall treats! Thanks for the recipe 🙂


  • its was such a mouthwatering treat, Well I think I like to try one of it as well.. 🙂

  • This looks delicious!!!

    Add my blog 🙂


  • this looks so tasty! I’ve been debating an iced version as it’s still pretty warm in Florida!

  • Mmmmm! I’m going to save this recipe for this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend – YUM!

  • I love how you cut the apple slices so they have those star-shapes in their centers. :3

  • Yum! Definitely trying this with my boyfriend tonight 🙂


  • Perfect!! I love cider, and I love that your recipes are always so simple. My sister and I fell in love with the pumpkin pie shake recipe, too!


  • I honestly had no idea it was this easy to make this drink! Definitely on my to-do list for this autumn season. And the turtleneck should be mandatory, not optional. 😉

  • I don’t think I’d say that the spiced rum is optional! 😉 Just kidding. It looks so amazingly cozy!

    A Collection of Passions

  • YUMMY!
    I want the weather to cool over here so I can crack on with making this!

  • i just had some hot apple cider!! well it was from a packet tho.. can’t wait to make my own someday!!

  • Wait wait, Apple Cider is NOT the same as Apple Juice. The difference is the way that they’re made: Apple JUICE is filtered and pasteurized, while Apple CIDER is not — it’s “pulpier” and tastes sooooo much better. ^___^

  • I’m on a serious cider kick, especially on chilly nights around the fire pit. We like to put bourbon in ours. 🙂

  • Yum! I need this and the sweater you’re wearing behind it. So cute!


  • Omnomnomnomnomnomnomnom definitely gonna make that when it gets colder outside!

  • Ooooh–one of my favorite cool-weather drinks! Are we sure the turtleneck is optional? 🙂

  • Uyyy es una de las cosas que mas extraño desde que vivo nuevamente en Bs As … gracias….. ahora la puedo hacer y volver a disfrutarla…. Graciasssss

  • Not too chilly here either but this seems devine for a lazy rainy weekend or a chilly night in with girlfriends over chit chat!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Yummmy I´m craving this a lot now! I love everything with apples! 😉 Thanks for the recipe! 😉


  • This looks delicious! It’s 8am here and now I want some cider 😉

  • So delicious! I am anxious to pull out my big pot in my teeny apartment and just indulllllge. Love it.
    Thank you.

  • Yum, yum, yum … So wishing it was autumn here in Australia so I could make this! Do you think it would be good chilled as well?
    Kelly xo 
    Elegantly Academic

  • it’s just getting chilly in salt lake, so that would be so yummy to make! i love october and the fall in the air 🙂
    Smoking Crayolas Blogspot

  • Not a huge Apple Cider fan in general but this looks seriously delicious. May have to do this with the roomie!

  • Ooh, yum! This looks so good. Emma, you always make the best looking treats! I can’t wait to try this next time the weather is cold~

  • oooh! this looks amazing – and i never thought of a thinly sliced apple as a garnish.
    too perfect.


  • So good! I love anything apple. I want to go to the cider mill so bad. I have been craving cider.

    xo, rv


  • Now I am craving apple cider! I like how there is not any added sugar in this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

    –Jaclyn T
    Nature Inspired Jewellery

  • I’ve never had homemade apple cider before, this would certainly be interesting to try!

  • This sounds so yummy! I’ve never thought of adding spiced rum before, but I bet it’s delicious. The next time I make apple cider, I’ll try it! :]

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