Hot Apple Cider

Apple Cider

Yesterday I sat out a gallon of cider, cinnamon sticks, and cinnamon candies. Our 18 year old son walked by and said, “Yeah! It’s official. Fall is here.” (Anything that elicits  a “yeah” from an 18 year old young man deserves a nod.)

So, heads ups Moms. This simple recipe for amazing hot apple cider will get the attention of your kiddos and their friends. It’s perfect for cold hands and numb lips after a football game. It’s also super easy to make in big batches.

Hot Apple Cider


1 gallon Apple Cider

Cinnamon Sticks (2-3 small or one large)

1 small bag Cinnamon Imperials (or similar cinnamon candy)

Heat cider and cinnamon sticks  for roughly 30 minutes. Add cinnamon candy and stir till melted.  (The whole bag of Cinnamon Imperials can be used but our family thinks it’s a little too sweet. Decide what’s right for your crew.) If you are in a hurry you can add the cinnamon candy right away but be careful. If your’e not there to stir they may stick or even burn to the bottom.

Cinnamon Imperials

(Link for Cinnamon Imperials)

A large coffee pot is ideal for serving. You can keep it plugged in and come home to a warm cup. If you don’t have one, the stove top works just fine. (Follow link for an affordable coffee maker from Amazon).

Another fun “feature” is to use small cups. The cider can be a little sweet so it doesn’t take much. I leave the rack of cups in the photo above right by the coffee pot. (Click here for link to colorful espresso cups-perfect for cider!)

Let’s raise our tiny cups and give a cheer for temperatures cooling us on the outside and beverages warming us on the inside!

Your DoAhead Friend,

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