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Homemade apple cider in a glass with sliced apples, cinnamon stick, showing off the steam of the warm glass.

Homemade Spiced Apple Cider

Sara Vaughn
This homemade mulled apple cider recipe will warm up the whole family all season long.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 10 Apples Variety you prefer, cored and quartered.
  • 1-2 Oranges Quartered.
  • ½ inch Ginger or ¼ teaspoon ground
  • 3-4 Cinnamon Sticks or 1 teaspoon ground
  • 6-8 Whole Cloves or ½ teaspoon ground
  • 1 Star Anise
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar or equal sweetener of choice
  • Water Enough to fully cover the ingredients completely.


  • Prep the apples and orange.
    10 Apples, 1-2 Oranges
  • Add the apples, orange and the spices to a stockpot.
    10 Apples, 1-2 Oranges, ½ inch Ginger, 3-4 Cinnamon Sticks, 6-8 Whole Cloves, 1 Star Anise
  • Cover the ingredients with water to fully submerge the apples.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat, cover and let it simmer for about two hours or until the apples start to fall apart.
  • Once the apple cider has cooked, carefully strain the large pieces out using a fine mesh strainer.
  • Stir in the sweetener of choice to taste.
  • Serve the apple cider warm or cold, or store for later.
Keyword apple cider, homemade apple cider, mulled apple cider, spiced apple cider