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This Easy Homemade Apple Cider Recipe is the perfect easy drink for fall and the holiday season. Best of all, this easy version is made with a blend of juices and infused with apples, orange, lemon, cranberries, cinnamon and cloves. Set and forget and makes your house smell amazing! Warm up with a mug by a cozy fireplace.

Easy Apple Cider

Easy Homemade Apple Cider is the perfect drink for fall and the holiday season. This simple stovetop version is made with a blend of juices and infused with warm cinnamon and cloves.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider recipe, best apple cider recipe, best homemade apple cider, holiday drinks, homemade apple cider, Homemade cider, homemade cider recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 122 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 6 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • freshly squeezed orange juice from 2 oranges
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 star anise
  • 1/4 cup sweetener or your choice to taste (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar etc.)
  • cheesecloth for tying the spices together
  • 1 apple unpeeled and cut into quarters


  1. Heat the apple juice cranberry juice and orange juice in a dutch oven or large pot. Once heated, stir in sweetener to dissolve.
  2. Tie the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise into the cheesecloth and drop in the pot. Add the remaining fruit. Bring to a low boil then lower heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Discard cheesecloth and any solids. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Apple Cider
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 122
% Daily Value*
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 208mg6%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.