Hot Apple Cherry Cider


Winter months beg for hot cider! 

This recipe for Hot Apple Cherry Cider takes traditional spiced apple cider to the next level with the addition of fruit-infused cherry balsamic vinegar. It is a wonderful beverage for gatherings – easy to prepare and keep warm, and guests can serve themselves.

Choose a cider with no added sugar and a good quality cherry balsamic. If cherry is not available, pomegranate is equally delicious. Cheers!


Makes: just over 1 gallon of hot cider


1-gallon apple cider (no added sugar)
2/3 cup cherry balsamic vinegar
2 cups orange juice (no or low sugar)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp ground allspice



Combine all ingredients in a large pot.  Bring to simmer over medium heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low, stir, simmering gently for 5 – 10 minutes.  Ladle into cups and serve or transfer to a slow cooker, air pot or other insulated beverage container to keep warm.


Make it a Cocktail

Add ½ – 1 oz Brandy or Rum to each cup for an adult cocktail version.



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