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Three Excellent Hot Apple Cider Drinks for Your Next Christmas Party

I imagine there are as many recipes for hot drinks with no booze as there are hot drinks with the stuff. But, when it turns cold, we just need “something else” and yet, there's no need to be drunk.

Thankfully, there will always be something special about apple cider when just a coffee or tea won't do (although tea and coffee are wonderful, too.)

Your next Christmas party will be just that much more of a hoot thanks to any or all of these hot apple cider recipes.

These three recipes are simple and excellent. Maybe you'll go on to also trying your own, new, personal favorites. Maybe you'll tell us about a few of your own, you already enjoy, too.

Chocolate and cash can be forwarded as a tip via the admin of this site. But I'll probably never see the chocolate.

Y'know what, folks? I've changed my mind about sharing recipe number three. It just might be too good for y'all. Don't read it. It's secret.


1. Spiced Cider Punch

What you will need:

4 cups apple cider
2-3 cups water
three-quarters cup orange juice concentrate
three-quarter cup each of nutmeg and ginger cloves
and a cinnamon stick, in a cheesecloth.
Slow-cooker or a crock-pot

What you'll do:

Mix the cider, water and orange juice concentrate in the slow-cooker. Add the cheesecloth containing your cloves and cinnamon stick, nutmeg and ginger. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Serve with or without cinnamon stick and/or orange wedges.

2. Hot Cranberry juice/Apple Cider Cocktail

What you will need:

Three-quarter teaspoon whole cloves
One navel orange
One lemon
4 cups apple cider
3 cups cranberry juice
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2-3 cinnamon sticks (optional, I guess)

What you will do:

This one is easy. Insert, at various points, the cloves into the orange through the peeling. Slice both it and the lemon into slices, thin or as thick as-you-please.

Place all of the ingredients into saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Serve it like it is or with cinnamon sticks, orange and lemon removed. It's good either way.

3. Caramel Apple Cider (Didn't I tell you to not read this'n? Hmm?!)

What you'll need:

8 cups apple cider
1 cup caramel
one-quarter cup lemon juice
1 vanilla bean
2-10 cinnamon sticks
1 Tablespoon allspice
Whipped cream and caramel ice cream topping, optional but, why miss out?

What you'll do:

Combine the apple cider, caramel syrup and lemon juice in a slow-cooker or Crock-pot.

Split your vanilla bean and scrape seeds out. Then, add your seeds to the cider mixture in your slow-cooker.

Place the vanilla bean itself, cinnamon sticks and allspice in a cheesecloth bag (or improvise). Let this steep in your cider mixture.

Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours, discard spice bag and serve, garnished with whipped cream and caramel ice cream topping and cinnamon sticks.

Enjoy any or all of these awesome hot apple cider drinks at your next Christmas party or anytime.

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iconsunny wrote on October 11, 2014, 10:32 AM

Are you expert in cooking? excellent ! :)

LoudMan wrote on October 11, 2014, 11:35 AM

These are recipes I learned elsewhere but, yes, almost. :) Share some of your recipes, too, please. We'd love to see them. Food is a big thing here. haha. We all eat.

LoudMan wrote on October 11, 2014, 11:35 AM

Thank you, iconsunny

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 11, 2014, 1:52 PM

It sounds like good cider recipes. I have not had cider in awhile, reading about this gets me in the mood.

LoudMan wrote on October 11, 2014, 2:00 PM

They're pretty good and yeah, the stuff is great.

Ellis wrote on October 11, 2014, 3:55 PM

Does apple cider count towards one of your five a day?

LoudMan wrote on October 11, 2014, 8:11 PM

As long as it doesn't count against, I'm fine. I don't know, really.

allen0187 wrote on October 11, 2014, 8:18 PM

I have to try these drinks! Thanks for sharing LoudMan . Any chance we can add some alcohol in these drinks? What would be your recommendations LoudMan ?

Ruby3881 wrote on October 11, 2014, 10:47 PM

That last one sounds a bit too sweet for my liking, but I think I'd probably enjoy the one with cranberry in it :)

LoudMan wrote on October 12, 2014, 10:21 AM

I couldn't but that's only because I'm an "Insta-slob - just add alcohol.". But you do what you want allen0187 .

LoudMan wrote on October 12, 2014, 10:23 AM

Number three is very sweet. The apple/cranberry is memorable. Don't wait for Christmas, though. Try it the next chilly evening.

paigea wrote on October 20, 2014, 9:20 PM

These sound very good. I may have to come back to these recipes!

LoudMan wrote on October 20, 2014, 11:25 PM

Please, yes, be my guest. is VERY sweet.