Classic Apple Cider

Enjoy this cider as-is, or spike it with rum, cinnamon schnapps, or your favorite fall liquor!

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Best For

  • Drinks

Cook Time & Servings

Cook Time
3+ hours


  • 10 large apples, quartered
  • 1/2 orange, halved
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1/2 c brown sugar, packed


  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, add apples, oranges, spices, and brown sugar. Add water until ingredients are covered, plus an additional 2 inches.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, 2 hours.
  3. Remove orange halves, then use a potato masher or wooden spoon to mash apples. Return to heat and let simmer uncovered for 1 hour more. (The longer you simmer, the stronger the flavors will be.)
  4. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing solids with a wooden spoon to squeeze all juices out. Discard solids.
  5. Serve warm and garnish with a cinnamon stick and slice of apple!