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Honey Apple Cider Recipe

Hot Apple Cider is so warming and comforting in the cooler months. You can use any variety of apples for this homemade Cider Recipe and you’ll love that it’s sweetened with honey.

Honey apple cider served in a cup with a cinnamon stick

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Apple Cider Recipe:

Make this apple cider and your house will smell like the most luscious Fall candle on the planet, and you get to drink the end result. You’ll love that its sweetened with honey and the combination of spices is so soothing.

We love making special drinks like our Cranberry Punch, or Sherbet Punch for the holidays and this Apple Cider is no exception. Keep this cozy drink in mind for your celebrations.

Apple cider recipe in a pot with spices

Ingredients for Homemade Apple Cider:

This recipe makes a true apple cider from scratch, but if you prefer, you can start with 10-12 cups of store-bought apple cider (see instructions for that substitution below).

  • Apples – 4 pounds or about 8 medium (any variety)
  • Cinnamon – use 4 small or 3 medium cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves – use 2 tsp or 1 Tbsp extra spice
  • Nutmeg – using a whole nutmeg is optional, but adds great flavor
  • Honey – use 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup, or add to get your desired sweetness
  • Water – start with 10 cups and add more to dilute if desired
spices for apple cider recipe

The Best Apples for Cider:

We love using a variety of apples for homemade cider, or whatever we have on hand. They can even be imperfect and discounted for all we care. Get the cheapest ones for cider.

Apple Cider ingredients with a variety of apples, cinnamon and honey

Can I use store-bought apple cider?

You can replace water with apple cider and cut the apples down to one or two. Since apple cider is already sweet, be sure to add honey to taste if needed.

How to make Honey Apple Cider:

1. Roughly chop apples. We used our awesome apple slicer which cored and sliced them easily. No need to peel apples.

sliced apples for cider

2. Place apples in a large soup pot. Slice your orange and add it to the pot, again, no need to peel the skin.

apples and oranges in a pot

2. Add spices: 3-4 cinnamon sticks, 1 whole nutmeg, 2 tsp whole cloves.

3. Drizzle the top with honey, then pour in 11 cups of water to cover your fruit.

Pro Tip: If your pot doesn’t fit 11 cups of water, you can add the remaining water in later. Your mixture will just be more concentrated and you can dilute it down with more boiling hot water after it’s finished.

Apple cider in soup pot with spices

4. Bring the pot to a boil then reduce heat and lightly boil uncovered for 1 hour. Reduce heat to medium/low, cover, and simmer 2 hours. The cider should turn a light amber color. Add more honey or water to taste. It should be sweet and spicy.

5. Strain your cider through a fine mesh colander or through a cheesecloth. Squeeze out as much juice as you can. Serve hot.

What can I make with leftover apple pulp?

Use the strained leftover apple pulp to make a small batch of Apple Sauce or apple butter. It will be cinnamon-infused and delicious.

homemade apple cider served hot in a glass

Homemade Apple Cider is such a treat. Drinking a mug of steaming cider is so soothing and comforting. It’s so easy to make a batch of cider from scratch, but it’s that same feeling of accomplishment as pulling a homemade Apple Pie out of the oven. Mmm…

Apple cider served with a cinnamon stick

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Honey Apple Cider Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Honey apple cider served in a cup garnished with cinnamon stick

Hot Apple Cider is so soothing in the cooler months. Use a variety of apples for this homemade Cider Recipe that's sweetened with honey.

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: Varies by season $7-$9
Keyword: apple cider, Honey Apple Cider, hot apple cider
Cuisine: American
Course: Beverage
Calories: 195 kcal
Servings: 8 servings (makes 1/2 gallon)

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs apples assorted variety (about 8 medium apples)
  • 1 medium orange
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg optional
  • 2 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup honey plus more to taste (we used 3/4 cup total).
  • 10 to 11 cups water

Instructions

  1. Core and roughly chop your apples (no need to peel). Place them in a large soup pot. Slice your orange into rings and add it to the pot, again, no need to peel the skin.

  2. Add spices: 3-4 cinnamon sticks, 1 whole nutmeg, 2 tsp whole cloves.

  3. Drizzle the top with honey, then pour in 11 cups water to cover your fruit.*

  4. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and lightly boil uncovered for 1 hour. Reduce heat to medium/low, cover and simmer another 2 hours. The juice should begin to turn amber in color when it's finished. Add more honey and hot water to taste. It should be sweet and spicy.

  5. Strain your cider through a fine mesh colander or through a cheese cloth placed over a regular colander. Squeeze out as much juice as you can and discard the fruit pulp. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

*Note: If your pot doesn’t fit 11 cups of water, you can add the remaining water in later. Your mixture will just be more concentrated and you can dilute it down with more boiling hot water after it’s finished.

Nutrition Facts
Honey Apple Cider Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 289mg8%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 159IU3%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Credits: Inspiration and adaptations from Katie of chaosinthekitchen.com and Gimmesomeoven.com

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  • Cheryl
    December 10, 2020

    This recipe is super easy to follow and the best part is that it actually tasted so good!!! I used the pulp to make apple butter so it’s really a win win!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe ❤️

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 10, 2020

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Cheryl!

      Reply

  • Shannon
    December 9, 2020

    Can this be made in a large crockpot?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 9, 2020

      Hi Shannon, I have not tested that to advise. I bet you could keep it warm in a crock pot though!

      Reply

    • Natalie Edwards
      February 17, 2021

      It is usually sold with brandy. On a very cold day, brandy will warm you up. It can also be done in a crock pot and an instant pot.

      Reply

  • Natasha
    December 8, 2020

    Do you think this could be made in instant pot to cut down on cooking time?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 8, 2020

      Hi Natasha, that would be a good idea but I have not personally tried that process to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Katie
    December 5, 2020

    Looks so good! Can’t wait to try this one.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 6, 2020

      I hope you love this recipe, Katie!

      Reply

  • Jen
    December 5, 2020

    I’ve never tried making our own before. This would be so fun to do this weekend. Thanks!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 5, 2020

      I hope you love this recipe, Jen!

      Reply

  • Lily
    December 5, 2020

    This cider was so good and easy to make, perfect for this time of year.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 5, 2020

      Isn’t it the best way to warm up! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Sandra
    December 5, 2020

    I am going to try this. If you were to add alcohol to this recipe what kind of alcohol would you add?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 6, 2020

      Hi Sandra, I haven’t tried adding alcohol yet to advise. Maybe others can share in the comments here if they have some recommendations?

      Reply

    • Maya
      December 9, 2020

      Hello Sandra, try to add some vodca.

      Reply

    • Valentina Makarevich
      December 23, 2020

      I have tried once apple cider with Fireball and it was great. I guess if you like whiskey you can add any of them. I probably will prefer cognac or rum.

      Reply

    • Natalie Edwards
      February 17, 2021

      It is usually sold with brandy. On a very cold day, brandy will warm you up.

      Reply

  • Sophie
    December 5, 2020

    The recipe for the cider was delicious! We have guests tomorrow and they will love this so much! Thank you Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 5, 2020

      You’re welcome! I hope you all enjoy this recipe!

      Reply

  • Tesha
    September 1, 2020

    Hie Natasha. Thanks a lot for your recipes. I want to know if the Honey apple cider is drank alone or it can be accompanied by something baked sweet or a savory?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 1, 2020

      Hi Tesha, you can both do that. It can be drunk alone or accompanied by something else like maybe bread or cake.

      Reply

  • Shayne
    February 22, 2020

    I love people who shares healthy recipe with others and inspire them to eat healthy. I am going to try this recipe myself. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 22, 2020

      You’re welcome Shayne! I’m so glad you discovered our blog & thank you for that thoughtful comment.

      Reply

  • Jen
    November 7, 2019

    I made this apple cider today and it turned out soo delicious! My house smelled amazing especially that it is the season. Thank you for this recipe, definitely will be making it again

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 7, 2019

      You’re welcome, Jen! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Sandra
    April 30, 2018

    Hi, can I use sugar instead of the honey. If yes, would it be the same amount?

    Thank you

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 30, 2018

      Hi Sandra, as a general rule, for every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey. I would start with 1/2 cup of sugar and then add more adjusting to taste.

      Reply

  • Marie Lawton
    October 30, 2017

    I drink tea every morning. I wonder how long would it stay in the fridge and if I could reheat a cup every morning in place of my teas.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 30, 2017

      Hi Marie, I think this would be fine if refrigerated for 5 to 7 days. I haven’t kept it longer than that so I can’t speak to that.

      Reply

  • Nichole
    September 22, 2017

    Hello Natasha! I haven’t tried the recipe yet, I’m going to this weekend. I was curious though, would it be okay to poke the cloves into the orange? Its something my father has always done when warming up store bought apple cider. I don’t have a strainer so I was hoping this would be fine. Thank you for your time!

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 23, 2017

      I love that idea!! Yes, I don’t see why not! Thank you for sharing 🙂

      Reply

  • Jeena
    June 13, 2017

    Hi
    Can I serve it cold???

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 13, 2017

      Hi Jeena, we always have it warm, but I think that would work – I don’t see why not 🙂

      Reply

  • Luda
    November 21, 2016

    Hi, Natasha, do you think using a slow cooker would work for this recipe?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2016

      Hi Luda, I think that would work to use a slow cooker. You might tone down the spices or add them to taste since it may become overpowering the longer it sits in the slow cooker.

      Reply

  • Ally
    July 30, 2016

    Natasha, looks amazing! Thank you soooo much for sharing this awsome rcepies with us. It`s just pleasure to cooking with you recepies.
    Have just one question, how much ml in your cup? Thank you for response:)

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 30, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that. Thank you!! 🙂 our 1 cup is 240ml

      Reply

  • Ketan
    September 30, 2015

    Nice and healthy juice.. Try to make it with organic fruits.. It will become more healthy.

    Reply

  • Lanie
    July 17, 2015

    If I wanted to use ground spices instead of whole, how much would you suggest I use?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 17, 2015

      I haven’t tried it with ground spices so I don’t want to guess. I’d say to add them to taste so you don’t overwhelm the cider with too much of any single spice.

      Reply

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    October 27, 2014

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 27, 2014

      Thank you so much :). I saw the feature and it was pretty exciting! I’ll let my husband know about your site. Thanks for the tip.

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  • Luba
    September 29, 2014

    Natasha,

    Do you know how long it can keep in the refrigerator? I am planning to make it for my baby shower, and thought it would be nice to make 2 portions of it, maybe a week or 2 ahead. Do you think 2 weeks is pushing it a little?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 29, 2014

      I think two might be pushing it a little. I probably wouldn’t push it past a week and a half. Congrats on the baby!! 🙂

      Reply

      • Luba
        September 30, 2014

        Thanks! Sounds good, I’ll probably make one batch the Sunday before, and another batch on one weeknight, the same week of the shower. Can’t wait!! I love this apple cider, and have been craving it for a while already. 🙂

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        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          September 30, 2014

          I hope you LOVE it! Your house will smell amazing 🙂

          Reply

  • Emily
    January 7, 2014

    you welcome

    Reply

  • Emily
    January 6, 2014

    I love all of your recipe, I tried doing soft cookies and is turned out AMAZING and you are the best baker in the whole world.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 6, 2014

      Oh Emily you are too sweet 🙂 I’m so glad you loved the cookies 🙂

      Reply

  • Julie
    November 5, 2013

    Where did you purchase the whole nutmeg? I’ve been looking for it and can’t find it.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 5, 2013

      I bought it at Fred Mayer store.

      Reply

  • Rachel Kruse
    October 25, 2013

    Muaaah. Honey & Apple sounds divine. I will be making these today! They sound delish!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 25, 2013

      Let me know how it turns out :).

      Reply

  • inna
    October 23, 2013

    Perfect use for all the apple we have stashed from the orchard. Cant wait to make it for our next holiday party. I bet it makes the house smell amazing:)

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 23, 2013

      It totally makes the whole house smell amazing! You have an orchard? I bet its beautiful. There’s something wonderful about being surrounded by fruit trees.

      Reply

  • Olga
    October 22, 2013

    Sounds like an awesome combination. I’ll have to give it a try. It’s especially beautiful and perfect for this time of year.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 22, 2013

      I couldn’t resist it either (obviously lol). It is such a cozy drink 🙂

      Reply

  • Olga
    October 22, 2013

    what food do you drink this with? just wondering. it looks great btw.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 22, 2013

      We just enjoyed it instead of tea in the evenings for three nights in a row. It was a nice Fall treat 🙂 If I was pairing it with anything, I’d choose desert or maybe a croissant 🙂

      Reply

  • Anita
    October 20, 2013

    Can I use ground instead of whole cloves and nutmeg or does it alter the taste?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 20, 2013

      I think you could but add it to taste and you probably won’t need as much. I’d still recommend the whole ones. If you use ground, you’ll want to strain the juice really well.

      Reply

  • Vita
    October 19, 2013

    Wow this looks amazing! Now I gotta go shop for the ingredients!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 19, 2013

      It tastes amazing as well :).

      Reply

  • Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg
    October 18, 2013

    This looks soo good! Love the photos as well.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2013

      Thank you! 🙂 I just checked out your blog; this is right up your alley! Allspiceandnutmeg.com 😉

      Reply

  • Olena@iFOODreal
    October 18, 2013

    Love the photo, Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2013

      Thank you Olena :), it tastes as good as it looks.

      Reply

  • Inessa at GrabandgoRecipes.com
    October 18, 2013

    Perfect for this weather 😉 love it !!!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2013

      It was quite a treat for the cozy Fall weather. We sipped on it for a few days. I love that it reheats really well.

      Reply

  • Nadia
    October 18, 2013

    Great recipe! I loooove apple cider!!!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2013

      We enjoyed every sip of it :).

      Reply

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