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Spiked Apple Cider Recipes

You Really Need to Try These Luscious Spiked Apple Cider Recipes

Spiked apple cider is a popular beverage that is generally served during the autumn and winter. This write-up provides step-by-step instructions for making this flavorsome drink at home.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017
Spiked apple cider is richly flavored with spices and is the perfect choice for festive occasions. Though it is easily available in the grocery stores, you could even prepare it on your own. With apples being the main ingredient, the flavor of the drink would depend on the variety of apples used. Though the drink is flavored by using a variety of spices such as nutmeg, cloves, or cinnamon, you could also spike the drink with brandy, rum, or other types of alcoholic drinks. Here are some of the recipes that you could try.

Making Cider at Home

Making this drink is quite easy. Though you can use the store bought cider, there's also the option of making it at home. It's quite simple. Here are the instructions.
  • First of all, select some good-quality sweet and tangy-flavored apples.
  • Clean them thoroughly and remove the seeds.
  • Cut these apples and blend them in a food processor.
  • You can then pour the puree through a wet muslin cloth and squeeze it to collect the juice.
  • The juice should be collected in a container and the container must be properly sealed.
  • This must be stored at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit for a period of two weeks.
  • Once the juice has fermented, it can be used for making this drink.
Recipes for Spiked Cider

Hot Drink

Here's the list of ingredients and instructions for making mulled cider at home.

Ingredients
  • Apple cider, 2 quarts
  • Brandy, 1 cup
  • Cinnamon (ground), 1 teaspoon
  • Cardamom (ground), 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon zest
  • Nutmeg (grated), a pinch
  • Honey, 1 teaspoon
Directions
  • First of all, you need to pour cider in a pan and heat it on a low flame.
  • While it is heating up, add lemon zest, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, brandy, and honey to the saucepan.
  • Bring it to a boil, and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  • While the mixture is on low heat, make it a point to stir it occasionally.
  • Wait for some time, so that the flavor of the mulled spices has set in. Now, all you need to do is serve this delicious drink!
Cold Drink

Here's the list of ingredients and instructions for making this drink.

Ingredients
  • Apple cider, 1 cup
  • Brandy, ½ cup
  • Apple brandy, ½ cup
  • Maple syrup, 3 teaspoons
  • Lemon juice, ¼ cup
  • Ice cubes
Directions
  • You first need to fill half of the cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Put cider, lemon juice, brandy, apple brandy, and maple syrup in it.
  • Shake these ingredients well.
  • Serve the delicious drink in chilled cocktail glasses.
Buttered and Spiced Version

Here is the list of ingredients for this flavorsome drink.

Ingredients
  • Apple cider, 32 ounces
  • Maple syrup, 1 cup
  • Butter, 1 cup
  • Cinnamon (ground), 1 teaspoon
  • Cardamom (ground), 1 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg (grated), a pinch
Directions
  • Pour cider and maple syrup into a saucepan.
  • Cook it on a low heat for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Now, take a small bowl. Combine softened butter and the spices in it.
  • Keep stirring till the spices and butter have been mixed properly.
  • Serve the cooked cider and garnish it with the mixture of butter and spices.
These were some recipes that you can try at home. You can try other variations by mixing other spices or different types of alcohol to it. So, put your culinary talent to use and make this delicious drink for your loved ones.
Apple cider glass decorated with fresh apples and cinnamon