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Hot Spiked Apple Cider

Delish 10/3/2022 Laura Rege

On chilly, blustery fall days, this spiked apple cider warms you from the inside out. This genius recipe transforms store-bought cider into a “homemade” fall treat. The glow-up comes courtesy of a boost of flavor from sweet sliced Good & Gather™ Gala Apples, warming dry spices, and orange wedges. Add your favorite bourbon or whiskey for a super autumnal cocktail that’s ready in a flash.

Yields: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 15 mins


  • 1/2 gal.

    (8 c.) apple cider or unfiltered apple juice

  • 1

    organic gala apple, very thinly sliced, plus 4 more thinly sliced for garnish (about 5 oz. each), from one Good & Gather™ 2 lb. bag Organic Gala Apples

  • 1

    small navel orange, ends trimmed, thinly sliced into rounds

  • 2

    cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish

  • 2

    star anise, plus more for garnish

  • 2

    whole cloves

  • 1

    2 ½" piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1/4 c.

    packed light brown sugar

  • 6 oz.

    bourbon or whisky


  1. Combine cider, one of the sliced apples, orange, cinnamon, star anise, ginger, sugar and cloves in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, then continue to simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in bourbon or whisky.
  3. Ladle the hot spiked cider into mugs, leaving orange slices and spices in the saucepan. Garnish each mug with remaining apple slices, more cinnamon sticks, and more star anise.
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