Hot Citrus Cider is a winter beverage that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Made with readily available pantry and refrigerator ingredients you can pull this together in no time.
This hot citrus cider is a recipe I’ve not made in more than 20 years. This winter warm-up series I’m hosting is a really good reason to get out the recipe.
Another good reason is that both of my boys love apple cider but they usually don’t drink it warm. For me, I prefer it warm and wanted to share it with them.
What’s amazing to me about this recipe is how much it tastes like cider. I got the original recipe from a now-closed bed and breakfast we visited many years ago in Colorado.
While their version was delicious, the owner only told me the ingredients, not the amounts and I had to recreate it myself. I tweaked what she gave me omitting cloves and substituting cinnamon sticks. Perfection after only two tries! It really is a perfectly delicious way to warm up on a cold day.
In case you missed last week’s drink, it was my Ultimate Hot Chocolate. Hot citrus cider is the second in the six-week series.
- Bulletproof Chai Tea by Our Good Life
- Caramel Marshmallow Latte by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Cranberry-Pomegranate Apple Cider by Books n’ Cooks
- Hot Citrus Cider by Family Around the Table
- Jamaican Tea Toddy by Palatable Pastime
- Strawberry White Hot Chocolate by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Vanilla Almond Hot Cocoa by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- 8 cups apple juice
- 2 ¼ cups water
- 1 ½ cups orange juice
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- ¼ cup molasses
- Mix all ingredients in a large saucepan. Heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Pour into a crockpot set to low to keep warm. Garnish with apple slices and/ or orange slices.
- To store any leftover cider, remove and discard apple and orange slices and cinnamon sticks, then refrigerate. Reheat on the stovetop.