How to Make Apple Cider Recipes 

When I learned how to make apple juice and apple cider recipes I learned how incredible the apple is. This is one fruit that goes well in any group of recipes, whether it is desserts, salads, entrees or even delicious drinks made with apple juice and apple cider.

When I learned how to make apple cider recipes I learned these can be usually substituted with apple juice; it just depends on your taste buds. For me, I have never particularly cared for the juice but I have always loved the flavor of good apple cider. So apple cider vs apple juice; what is the difference? Just what is apple cider?

There seems to be many opinions and in some countries different regulations and opinions about apple cider vs apple juice. Some people see no difference in the two at all. Being from a popular apple growing area is why I prefer to drink apple cider over apple juice; this is the fresh apple cider which has not been heavily processed.

The juice is processed by heat and filtered until all fiber from the apples is removed leaving it very clear which also removes much of the flavor. Fresh apple cider is wonderfully delicious and since it is not processed as it ages it will start fermenting. It should be brown with a strong apple flavor having much of the apple pulp still in the jug.


Cinnamon Syrup RECIPE

  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • (5) 6 inch cinnamon sticks

Stir together in a saucepan the sugar And water; heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.

Reduce heat to low and add the cinnamon sticks; simmer and reduce liquid for 30 minutes.

Strain and store in a jar with lid; use as needed.


  • 1 Bottle (64 ounces) apple juice
  • ½ Cup cinnamon syrup
  • Caramel sauce (ice cream topping)
  • Can whipped cream

Heat apple juice in a crock pot or saucepan.

Stir in the cinnamon syrup and heat to desired temperature.

Ladle into mugs, top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.


How to Make Apple Cider RecipesHow to Make Apple Cider Recipes

I learned how to make this apple cider recipe; it is great to serve in the winter especially for the holidays. It is so flavorful with the spices and orange juice.

  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 3 Cups water
  • 12 Whole cloves
  • 4 Whole allspice berries
  • 3 Sticks cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 Cups orange juice
  • 8 Cups apple cider
  • 2 Cups lemon juice

Boil the sugar and water for 10 minutes.

Add the cloves, allspice, cinnamon and ginger; cover and let stand 1 hour.

Strain and then add the orange juice, apple cider and lemon juice.

Bring just to a boil and then serve in mugs.

EGGNOG RECIPE with apple cider

  • 3 Cups milk
  • 1 Cup apple cider
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 2 Large beaten eggs
  • ½ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ Cup whipping cream, whipped
  • Ground nutmeg

Combine the milk, cider, sugar, eggs, cinnamon and the 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg in a medium saucepan and stir well to blend.

Cook over medium heat until the temperature reaches 160F degrees. DO NOT BOIL.

Pour mixture into mugs, top with dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with ground nutmeg.

HOT APPLE CIDER RECIPE with cranberry juice

  • 1 Small bottle cranberry juice
  • 2 Quarts apple cider
  • ¼ Cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 Sliced lemon

Combine all ingredients in a large pot; Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve in mugs.


  • 1 Large can powdered apple cider mix
  • 1 ½ Cups lemonade mix
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • ½ Cup instant tea
  • 2 Teaspoons cinnamon

Mix all ingredients and store in an air tight jar.

Using the scoop in the apple cider mix, use 2 to 3 scoops per cup of hot water.


  • 2 Cups vanilla ice cream, slightly soft
  • 1 Cup apple juice
  • ¼ Teaspoon cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender, cover and blend for about 30 seconds.

Some of the apple cider recipes use more than spices to “spice up the drink”. Different alcoholic beverages added to the apples, apple cider or apple juice makes great adult drinks.


  • 2 ½ Cups peeled chopped apples
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Six inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 3 ½ Cups dry white wine
  • 1 ½ Cups brandy

Combine the apples, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons water in a saucepan; simmer covered 5 to 10 minutes.

Stir in the sugar and stir just until dissolved.

Remove from heat and cool.

Combine the apple mixture, wine and brandy; pour into a 2 quart glass jar with lid.

Store in a cool place for 2 to 4 weeks.

To serve strain into liqueur glasses.

HOT TODDY RECIPE with apple juice

NOTE: People here in Tennessee tell me this is very good in the winter and extremely good for colds.

  • 5 Quarts apple juice
  • 1 Teaspoon whole allspice
  • 4 Sticks cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, very thinly sliced
  • Juice of 4 lemons
  • 2 Quarts 100 proof whiskey
  • 1 Teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 Pound sugar
  • 1 Quart orange juice
  • 1 Large can Pineapple juice
  • 1 Quart apple brandy

Boil 2 quarts of the apple juice with the spices for 5 minutes.

Add the sugar and the sliced lemon and boil 1 minute; cool.

Add rest of the apple juice, orange juice, lemon juice and pineapple juice; Strain.

Add the whiskey and brandy to strained mixture.

Seal in quart jars.

To serve just heat DO NOT BOIL.


  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • 1 Cup lemon juice
  • 6 Tablespoons brandy
  • 4 Fresh peaches peeled and sliced
  • Peel from 2 oranges
  • 2 Lemons thinly sliced
  • 2 Apples thinly sliced
  • 6 Cups red wine
  • 1 ½ Cups sugar
  • 1 Cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 Cups tonic water

Combine all ingredients except the tonic water in a large glass jar or pitcher; Stir to dissolve the sugar.

Refrigerate for 4 hours to mellow.

To serve add tonic water and pour over crushed ice in wine goblets; Garnish with orange slice.

Some apple cider recipes are more like desserts like this ice cream float.


  • 2 Cups apple juice or apple cider
  • 2 Cups ginger ale
  • 1 Pint orange sherbet or vanilla ice cream

Combine the ginger ale and apple juice or cider; place scoop of ice cream in glass and pour juice mixture over filling the glass.