Hot Citrus Cider


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Hot Citrus Cider is a winter beverage that can be enjoyed by the whole family, meaning there’s no alcohol. Made with readily available pantry and refrigerator ingredients you can pull this together in no time. It’s a great way to warm up on a chilly day.

Hot Citrus Cider is not just for fall. Warm up on any chilly day with a mug.Hot Citrus Cider is not just for fall. Warm up on any chilly day with a mug.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

There are so many reasons to love this hot citrus cider recipe. 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.

  • This hot cider recipe starts with many ingredients you already have on hand.
  • It starts on the stovetop but you can keep it warm in a slow cooker if you’re serving it for a party.
  • Serve it on a cold day to warm up.
  • Leftovers are easily stored.
  • Save money making your own spiced cider rather than buying packets.
Hot Citrus Cider is not just for fall. Warm up on any chilly day with a mug.

How do you store leftover hot citrus cider?

It’s easy to keep leftovers. Just cool the cider completely and store it in the fridge. Remove the cinnamon sticks prior to storing. Reheat a large quantity on the stovetop or put a mug in the microwave for a quick fix.

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.

More recipes to warm you up

My Ultimate Hot Chocolate is a family favorite that I always seem to make on Christmas morning. For a delicious take on hot chocolate, try my Winter White Hot Chocolate. Candy corn hot chocolate is fun for chilly fall days.

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Hot Citrus Cider

Enjoy hot citrus cider on a chilly fall day.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10



  • 8 cups apple juice
  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups orange juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • Apple slices, for garnish
  • Orange slices, for garnish


  • 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.

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  1. 5 stars
    Warm cider sounds delicious and perfect that it’s non alcoholic too. Can’t wait to make this.

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