The Secret to Jazzing up Store-Bought Apple Cider

The best way to jazz up store-bought apple cider, this Easy Hot Apple Cider is absolutely delicious and will have your house smelling amazing!

Fancied Up Hot Apple Cider!

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Every single one of my mother’s holiday parties always featured this delicious “fancied up” hot apple cider! This is the PERFECT recipe for jazzing up store-bought apple cider.

I recently snagged the recipe from her to serve at one of my own holiday get-togethers with friends. I quickly shared the easy “how-to” on my Instagram stories and since those disappear after 24 hours, lots of requests came rolling in for the recipe. Here it is!

It’s truly the perfect recipe for the holiday season because you can have it simmering on the stove several hours before the party so you not only have the perfect beverage but your house will smell divine.

How to make "fancy" hot apple cider, perfect party drink!

The secret? LEMON JUICE! The lemon juice is not a step to skip, take note! The lemon juice helps cut the sweetness of the cider.

Fancied Up Hot Apple Cider!

Hot Apple Cider

The easiest "recipe" for jazzing up store-bought apple cider for the perfect holiday beverage!
SERVINGS 24 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 5-10 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup cloves - whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 orange - cut into slices


  • First things first, don’t fret about the cinnamon sticks, cloves, or orange slices. When you scoop the hot cider into glasses, just drain these out (or scoop them out prior to serving). Or garnish your drink with the orange slices and cinnamon sticks!
  • Add all ingredients in a large pot and simmer as long as you need prior to serving! You can add more apple cider if the heat causes it to reduce a bit.


Calories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
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*I didn’t have whole cloves on hand so I just used a few dashes of ground cloves. This fancied up hot apple cider is forgiving so add more or less spices, it’s up to you!

You can add dark rum or bourbon to this hot apple cider (while simmering) if you want to turn it into the ultimate hot apple cider cocktail! Whatever you fancy, friends!

Enjoy it by the fire during this frigid winter or with friends out sledding in the snow. Even if you just make it so your house will smell divine, I won’t judge because that’s what I’m doing right now. Cheers!

If you want a different – colder – twist on this, try my sparkling apple cider sangria!


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  1. Simmering or boiling alcohol kills it. It will change the flavor as I add it to my chili while cooking. But if you want this to be an adult alcoholic beverage, you will have to add it after you’re done simmering and boiling.

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