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Halloween Hot Apple Cider

Warm up your trick-or-treaters, big or small, with this Halloween hot apple cider recipe you can make ahead of time.

Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 6 cups apple cider
  • ΒΌ cup pure maple syrup
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 lemon peel (cut into strips)
  • 1 orange peel (cut into strips)
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 ounces rum (optional)


  1. Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large saucepan.
  2. Place two cinnamon sticks, all the cloves, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a rinsed square of cheesecloth. Fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
  3. Place the saucepan over moderate heat until the cider is very hot, but not boiling (about 10 minutes).
  4. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle and ladle the cider into 4 mugs (with or without rum), adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving.

Recipe Notes

This can be made in a small crockpot and kept warm for guests (double or triple the batch for larger groups). Don't add the rum until you are ready to serve.