Hot Apple Cider

Serves: 12

I’ve made this apple cider recipe for years, and I’ve always loved the addition of maple syrup. But rather than use store bought juice, I like juicing the apples myself; it gives the cider a nice pulpy quality.

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4 whole cinnamon sticks
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
8 whole allspice berries
orange peel from 1 orange
lemon peel from 1 lemon
1/2 cup maple syrup
6 cups unfiltered (fresh squeezed is great) apple juice
1/2 cup dark rum (optional)


Place cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, allspice berries, orange peel, and lemon peel in a medium saucepan. Pour in maple syrup and apple juice, then bring to almost a boil. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and serve in mugs.

(Add a splash of rum for an adults-only version! Yum, yum, yum.)

(Adapted from


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