• Kurtney Noonan


Thanksgiving is less than a week away, so this Friday we wanted to share a delicious drink you can make for the holiday. This spiked Apple Cider is easy, delicious, and can be made without alcohol to be “family-friendly.”

With colder days ahead, this recipe is perfect to help warm you up!

"Mom and Dad" Version (AKA with Alcohol)


  • 1 gal unfiltered apple juice or apple cider

  • 1 large orange, cut into 1/4” slices

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 4 star anise

  • 1 tbsp whole cloves

  • 1 tbsp whole allspice

  • 1” ginger root, sliced

  • 1 1/2 c spiced rum


  1. To a large 10 qt dutch oven, add apple juice, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole cloves, whole allspice, and ginger root. (If you have a spice ball, add clove and allspice to that. It’s easier cleanup afterward).

  2. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 2-3 hours.

  3. Add rum to the apple cider mixture.

  4. Remove fruit and spices from the pot.

  5. Serve!

(optional: garnish with orange slices, apple slices or spices)

Click here for the original recipe.

"Family Friendly" Version (AKA without Alcohol)


  • 64 oz. apple juice

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 1/2 tsp whole cloves

  • 1 orange, sliced

  • 1/2 lemon, sliced

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Add cloves to a spice bag and place in crock pot.

  2. Add all other ingredients to crock pot. Stir and Cover.

  3. Cook on LOW for 2 hours.

  4. Serve.

Click here for the original recipe.

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