Warm Apple Cider Cocktail

Easy & Fast Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail

  • by Robin Frey
5.0 from 2 Reviews


When the weather gets cold, nothing beats this hot spiked apple cider recipe. The alcohol is optional, but the tasty-cozy-deliciousness is not.

Yield 16 oz
Calories 205 cal
Yield and calories may vary depending on produce used and method of extraction.
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two mugs of warm apple cider on a wooden serving tray

Seriously, is there anything better than hot apple cider on a cold night?

This fast spiked apple cider is an easy recipe that takes around 10 minutes to make. You’ll be cuddling up with a warm cup much faster than if you made mulled apple cider with a slow cooker or crock pot.

Click here to jump straight to the recipe or read on to learn why we love this apple cider recipe. Also, be sure to check the Pro Tips at the end for substitutions and variations.

Looking for a non-alcoholic version? Check out How to Make Homemade Apple Cider with Your Juicer.

two mugs of spiked warm apple cider cocktail

Why We Love This Hot Spiked Apple Cider Recipe

We like apple cider with plenty of spice, which this drink recipe includes. The addition of a little citrus balances out the sweetness of the apples. Plus, a little ginger adds some nice heat to the mix.

Ingredients to make apple cider cocktail recipe

But this spiked apple cider recipe is more than delicious. It’s also pretty healthy, especially compared to other alcoholic holiday beverages:

  • High in Vitamin C and Potassium. Lemon, orange, and apple juice have a ton of Vitamin C. Apples have the potassium.
  • Solid source of calcium. Cinnamon is very rich in calcium.
  • Antioxidants. Apple and lemon are both rich in antioxidants.
  • Can lower blood sugar. That is courtesy of the apples, oranges, and cinnamon.

If you nix the spiced rum, this recipe is also great for reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, and more.

Finally, this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and has no added sweeteners.

pouring hot apple cider into glass mugs for serving

Note: Want to try more of our cold-pressed cocktail recipes? Check out our Green Bloody Mary recipe.

Equipment note: We used the M-1 commercial juice press to make this recipe, but you can use pretty much any type of juicer. Just keep in mind that the quality will always be higher when using a juice press.

Learn more about the industry-leading commercial juicers we use to make our recipes.

Health Benefits

  • antioxidant
  • lowers blood sugar
  • lowers cholesterol


apple (red; we prefer half Fuji and half Red Delicious) 17 oz 482 g 2 1/2 medium apples
orange (peeled) 0.65 oz 18 g 1 orange slice
lemon 0.5 oz 14 g 1 lemon slice (about 1/6 medium lemon)
ginger 0.5 oz 14 g 1" chunk of fresh ginger root
ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp large pinch
ground clove 1/8 tsp small pinch
ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp small pinch
spiced rum 4 oz 113 g 2 oz double shot per serving

Optional Garnishes

star anise 2 pods 1 for each serving
cinnamon sticks 2 sticks 1 for each serving


If you have a typical juicer

  1. Wash and weigh the produce.

  2. Peel the lemon and orange and juice with the rest of the ingredients.

  3. Whisk in the spices.

  4. Slowly bring to a simmer over low heat, remove from heat and add the rum.

  5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and star anise pod (optional) and serve.

If you have a juice press

  1. Wash, weigh and prep the produce.

  2. Quarter the lemon and place in the press chamber of the juice press.

  3. Grind all of the produce except the lemon, which is already in the press.

  4. Press!

  5. Whisk in the spices.

  6. Slowly bring to a simmer over low heat, remove from heat and add the rum.

  7. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and star anise pod (optional) and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Got a sweet tooth? Add maple syrup or a pinch or two of brown sugar.

  • Substitute spiced rum for spiced whisky (like Fireball) if that’s more your speed.

  • Looking to make a bigger batch for a holiday party? Multiply the ingredients by six to make just over one gallon of spiked apple cider. And don’t forget the ladle!



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  1. 5 stars
    Making this tonight!