Festive Spiced Apple Juice with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Spiced Apple Juice
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Ratings (4)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
167 Calories
0g Fat
43g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 167
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 1g
Calcium 58mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Some of the best recipes are the ones that take everyday ingredients that you already have at home and with a few simple steps, you can transform them into something wonderful. This spiced apple juice recipe is just that. With just store bought apple juice and a few other ingredients, you can make a holiday-worthy beverage that the whole family can enjoy. To make this drink, all it takes is apple juice simmered with brown sugar, lemon and orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple juice.

How to Serve the Cider

Serve this hot spiced apple juice in mugs or heat-resistant glasses. To make it a drink worthy of a celebration, garnish each cup with a cinnamon stick along with the lemon and orange slices. It's a nice after dinner drink for the whole family or works well for any fall afternoon. Pair this drink with some snacks or dessert or even bring it in a thermos to a fall tailgate. If you have any leftover cider, store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. You can enjoy the leftovers cold, straight out of the fridge, or reheat them in the microwave or on the stove.

Variations on the Hot Cider

Another option is to add alcohol to the adult's drinks and make it into a warm cocktail like a hot toddy. This drink would pair well with bourbon or even brandy. Make sure you have a way to distinguish between the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (like a cinnamon stick only gets placed in one or the other). If you prefer a richer drink, use apple cider instead of the apple juice. Cider is usually available in autumn at grocery stores and farm stands but may be harder to find in other seasons. If you are making a large batch for a party or family occasion, think about using your crock pot or slow cooker. Make the cider according to the recipe and then set your slow cooker on a warming setting and pour the cider into the crock pot. This will keep the beverage warm (without boiling) all night long.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 lemon (thinly sliced with seeds removed)
  • 1/2 orange (thinly sliced with seeds removed)
  • 1 stick cinnamon (more for serving if desired)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • lemon slices for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and then bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to a simmer; continue cooking for 10 minutes.

  3. Strain and serve in warm mugs. Garnish with lemon slices and individual cinnamon sticks if you desire.

Since this is a non-alcoholic drink that the whole family can enjoy, you could make it into a family tradition to enjoy this beverage at certain holidays. It's perfect for a post-Thanksgiving treat or Christmas Eve drink. If you like the idea of making hot beverages, you might also like to make hot spiced cranberry punch or use your crockpot and make slow cooker hot spiced apple peach brandy