Homemade Hot Apple Cider Straight From the Stove


You might be wondering why you’d bother to make your own Homemade Hot Apple Cider when it’s so easy to buy it by the half gallon or gallon. Well just like anything you prepare at home, fresh always tastes best & you know exactly what’s in it.

Making your own cider is quite simple.  All that’s required is a stock pot, lots of apples, some oranges if you like, spices and a little water. The most challenging part is waiting several hours before indulging. 

Depending on the variety of apples used when making homemade cider will determine how sweet it is and if any added sweetener is necessary to suit your taste.

Below are a list of apples, what they’re best suited for and how they taste.  For instance: the Baldwin apple is recommended for eating raw and highly recommended for using in pies and baking.  Whereas the McIntosh in not recommended for pies or baking.

(Apple Comparison Chart from The Yummy Life)

In the recipe below I used several varieties from tart to sweet and because of that I decided to add some sugar.  However, if you were to use all Honey Crisp apples you may not feel the need to add any sugar at all, which I prefer.


It’s fun to play around with the different varieties to create your own special blend.  If you do need to add sweetener you can add granulated sugar, brown sugar, honey, agave (less is needed than most other sweeteners), coconut sugar, or even maple syrup.  I’m sure I missed something. I think my favorite combination so far is all Honey Crisp since it’s naturally sweet.  If you don’t like your apple cider too sweet then you may prefer the recipe below.

With any excess cider left over you can use it in a variety of recipes from granola to apple pie, or even as an added flavoring to fall soups.  The possibilities are endless!


Head out to an apple farm this week and pick a basket of apples to bring home and make a batch of Homemade Hot Apple Cider.  The aroma that fills your home will be heavenly and so soothing – you’ll know fall is here!

Homemade Hot Apple Cider will be ideal Halloween night, especially if it’s chilly outside.  I hope you’ll try a batch!

Homemade Hot Apple Cider

You know fall is in the air when you smell the aroma of this homemade hot apple cider. The perfect way to take the chill out of your house and your bones.


  • 12 medium apples, assorted types (I used mostly Gala, Granny Smith & Red Delicious)
  • 2 oranges
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. whole allspice (optional)
  • 1 gallon (16 cups) water, more or less
  • 1/2 - 1 cup brown sugar (or your desired sweetener*)


  1. Wash apples and the orange, and then roughly cut into quarters. (Don't worry about removing peels, seeds, or stems.)  Place in a large stock pot.  Add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.  Cover with water, filling the pot until it is nearly full. (I left about 2 inches of space at the top of my pot.) Bring to a simmer over high heat, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  2. Once the apples have softened after an hour or two, use a potato masher (or tongs or the side of a spoon) to mash the apple and orange slices once they are soft.  Cook for one more hour.
  3. Strain out the apple cider into a clean pitcher or pot.  To get the maximum juice out of the apples, you can press them through a fine-mesh strainer or strain through a cheese cloth.  Stir in your desired amount of sweetener until it is dissolved.
  4. Serve hot.
Cider can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.  Allow to cool before storing in a container in the refrigerator.
Adapted from Give Me Some Oven

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  1. Mmmm…the essence of fall! Nothing says autumn like a hot cup of spiced apple cider…this sounds wonderful. I like to mix up all kinds of apples when I bake- I think that they all contribute their own special flavors and textures. 🙂

    • I agree, the house has an incredible aroma of fall when this is brewing. It sure doesn’t last long either. Make it on a Sunday morning and by evening it’s gone. 

  2. Never even thought of making my own apple cider. Sounds like fun! Hot apple cider is good stuff. We like to add the same spices you’re using to commercial cider. And maybe add a touch of dark rum to each mug. 🙂

  3. Wish I could get to hold that glass now! Sounds so warming and delicious, Vicki.

  4. Now I want to take a trip to the apple orchard! Your cider looks wonderful (great shots, too!).

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