Fall Favorite: Easy Warm Apple Cider

warm apple cider

I love the crisp, cool fall weather as much as your next basic bitch. Seriously, get me in an oversized sweater, sitting by a bonfire, sipping on a cup of warm apple cider (preferably spiked) and I am goooood.

I love making warm apple cider from scratch in the fall – it makes your house smell amazing AND it’s the perfect drink for a chilly day. It’s so easy to make cider on your own with just a few ingredients. Just make sure the apple juice you purchase is not pre-sweetened or pre-spiced.

Follow this simple recipe for easy warm apple cider for your next tailgate or fall party:


  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. orange zest
  • 8 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • Bourbon, optional.


  1. Combine spices in a sauce pan and cook over medium-high heat until aromatic, about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the nutmeg, and stir to combine. 
  3. Add in the apple juice and orange zest and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, depending on how strong you like your cider.
  5. Pour the juice through a fine-mesh sieve, into a large pitcher or container.
  6. Add bourbon to taste if spiking.
  7. Store in the fridge for up to 7 days.
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