Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Fresh apple cider is sometimes called 'cold pressed' or 'fresh pressed' and is an unfiltered, unsweetened pure apple juice. It is unpasteurized, and recognizable by its murky brown colour. Look for it in the refrigerated area of the organics section in your grocery store.
Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cups
Calories 162kcal
Author Danny Bourque


  • 12 cups fresh pressed apple cider
  • 3/4 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 crazy cinnamon stick
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 small chunk fresh ginger (about 2 teaspoons), peeled and sliced in to no more than 3 pieces.
  • 2 stalks lemon grass bruised (or 1 sliced lemon)
  • 1.5 large bay leaf
  • 17 peppercorns no more no less. (yeah right! Seriously, though, I put a large teaspoon of peppercorns in for kick).


  • The lemon grass will most likely not fit in your pot. Chop 1/2" or so off the nub, and 5 to 6" on the other end. Smash it with the flat of a knife or a cast iron pan and then chop it into 3 to 4" lengths.
  • I also manhandled the cinnamon and bay leaves. Other cooks use the words "crushed" or "bruised" for this action.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Place over medium heat, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the cider has boiled, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Strain and serve hot.


Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 0.7mg