Hot Apple Cider Three Ways

Nothing says “helloooo, winter” quite like hot apple cider. It’s great for holiday parties because it makes the house smell so spicy and apple-icious, and it’s a breeze to make. Here are three recipes for hot apple cider: A zesty wassail, a festive raspberry cider, and one gone wild with tequila and cranberry.

Zesty Wassail
One often finds pineapple juice in recipes for wassail and while we’re sure it’s tasty, pineapple seems so unwintery for a drink that has been used in winter celebrations since at least the 1400s! And although wassail has evolved from its early beginnings (when it contained warm beer and egg yolks) it still retains its festive winter cheer.

2 quarts organic apple cider
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 oranges, sliced
2 lemons, sliced

Mix all ingredients and bring just to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes, or leave on the lowest heat (or in a slow cooker) to keep warm. Serve with orange or lemon slices, or a cinnamon stick.

Hot Raspberry-Apple Cider
This one really couldn’t be easier, and with its sweet tang and reddish hue it’s guaranteed to bring glad tidings. For the organic raspberry juice concentrate, we like Cascadian Farm brand, which is available at many supermarkets.

2 quarts organic apple cider
1 cup frozen organic raspberry juice concentrate
2 tablespoons honey (if the apple juice is on the tart side)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup rum (optional)

Mix all ingredients and bring just to a boil, simmer for ten minutes, or leave on the lowest heat (or in a slow cooker) to keep warm.

Wild Cider
Inspired by a recipe from Gourmet magazine, 1996

2 quarts organic apple cider
1 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup tequila (or more for extra wild cider)
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur

In a saucepan heat cider and cranberry juice cocktail just until hot (do not let boil) and remove from heat, or leave on lowest heat (or in a slow cooker). Stir in tequila and liqueur. Garnish with lime slices.

By Melissa Breyer, Producer, Care2 Green Living

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Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Kayla S.
Kayla S3 years ago


Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec3 years ago

Thanks for sharing. will try.

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

Yummy! Thank you.

Mervi R.
Mervi R.4 years ago

Sounds good!

Gordana Roljic
Gordana Roljic4 years ago

good to know

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Yummy recipes. Thanks for sharing the good health recipes. I will try them out.

Lynn C.
Lynn c.4 years ago

Thought it interesting that cider in GB is alcoholic. Never could figure out the difference between cider and apple juice anyway.

Kozue Fukuzawa
Past Member 5 years ago

wow, sounds delicious!

Sharon B.
Sharon B.5 years ago

I was just talking with my sister tonight about hot apple cider,which I live! Will definitely try all these recipes; sounds yummy on a cold winters day or night, thanks for sharing with us!