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Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Quarter the apples (no need to seed or core them) and place in a medium pot. Add water and bring pot to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. The water wont' cover all the apples at first - that's okay. As they release their liquid and become softer, just mash them down using a potato masher. Allow the mixture to cook for one hour and then mash the apples again before straining them out using a cheesecloth. The sweetness of your cider base will vary based on the apples used - if desired, you can add a bit of honey or maple syrup to make it sweeter.
Author Mommypotamus


  • 5 apples
  • 4 cups water (or sub 4 cups apple juice for apples and water)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods (optional)
  • 8-16 tbsp pastured butter (optional - I know that seems like a lot but it's only 2-4 tbsp per cup)


  • If you're making your own apple cider base using fresh apples, see the summary notes above for instructions.
  • Place apple cider and spices in a medium pot and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low and let the flavors infuse for about 30 minutes. After thirty minutes, strain out the spices. Blend with butter if desired. I usually just pour the apple cider back in the pot, add the butter, and blend with an immersion blender, but you could pour the cider/butter into a traditional blender and mix it up that way, too. Serve with cinnamon sticks or star anise for garnish if desired.


Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg