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Grandma’s Warm Spiced Cider Recipe

This warm spiced cider smells just like grandma's kitchen at Christmas time!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider, holiday drink, Spiced cider, warm drink
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 136kcal


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 gallon apple cider


  • Dump cider into a large stock pot. Place on the stove over low heat.
  • Place salt, spices, and brown sugar on a square of clean cheesecloth (or any clean thin cotton fabric).  Pull up edges and tie with a string to form a bag. Place bag in the cider and simmer for at least 20 minutes (but you can let it simmer for a couple hours- that's what makes your house smell really good!).
  • If you cook this in a crock pot, cook on low for about 2-3 hours, then keep warm.
  • Refrigerate leftovers and reheat as needed.


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg