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In this post, I will show you a delicious recipe for the best cider ever! See if you don’t agree.

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with apple cider. I love the seasonal aromatic aspect of it but the flavor usually disappoints. It’s frequently way too cloyingly sweet. Not this recipe. I swear! It’s delicious, smells great, and is a delightful mix of sweet and tart flavors. I think apple cider on its own is pretty boring. But this recipe for flavored apple cider is DELICIOUS!

Best Time to Drink Apple Cider

When is the best time to drink apple cider? Flavored apple cider is the perfect drink to make when you (or a friend) have a cold or a scratchy throat. I serve it at fall and winter parties during cold and flu season. I love to serve this drink on Thanksgiving. You can put it together and then pour it all into the slow cooker so it stays warm all day and is basically self-serve.

It’s just the ticket when you know some loyal friend has dragged herself to your house for a function when you know she’d rather be home! Offer this up and she’ll be grateful and comfy. This recipe is based on a recipe from my good friend Carol Hook. She taught me this in college many years ago.

A pot of the best cider with several orange slices floating in it.  The slices have been studded with cloves.

How to Serve the Best Cider


A neat way to serve this best cider is in a punch bowl. I use a Crate and Barrel glass punch bowl, clear cider cups and a METAL ladle. The metal ladle is key because the cider will be hot and pouring it SLOWLY over it will minimize the chance that the hot liquid will crack the bowl. I then take a fall silk leaf garland and made a wreath around the bowl. Lastly, I plug in a strand a white lights for cozy fall ambience.

A gorgeous Crate and Barrel punch bowl on a round glass table, with clear glass cups.  Surrounding the punch bowl is a garland of silk leaves that are illuminated with white lights.

Recipe for the Best Cider


Best 🍎Cider Ever Recipe:


-I-gallon old fashioned apple cider (from the produce department

-One orange 🍊,sliced crosswise into 5-6 slices 

-30 whole cloves

-2 whole cinnamon sticks

-Canned pineapple 🍍juice, 36 ounces (4 1/2 cups) (I use a 6-pack of canned Dole pineapple juice)

-Fresh orange 🍊juice, 2 cups

-Lemon 🍋juice (3-4 cups) (I use bottled “Real lemon” brand juice)


  1. Take a large pot and pour the cider into it.  Save the container for step 9 below.
  2. Stud each slice of orange 🍊with 5-6 whole cloves.
  3. Float the orange slices in the cider.  Add the cinnamon sticks.
  4. Add the pineapple 🍍, orange 🍊and 3 cups of the lemon 🍋juices.
  5. Over a medium heat bring the mixture to a soft boil.
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes on low.
  7. Taste the cider.  It should be a nice mixture of sweet and tart flavors.  If it’s too sweet add another cup of the lemon 🍋juice.
  8. Enjoy!
  9. Once the party is over, take the cooled leftover liquid and pour it back into gallon container that the cider was in originally, using a funnel.  Then if you want to enjoy it again, just pour yourself a cup in a mug and microwave it until hot! Yum! 🍎🍊🍍🍋🍁

I hope you love this recipe for the best cider as much as I do! Truly, it’s outstanding! Here are a few more posts for you to enjoy:

Enjoy this delicious flavored apple cider.


Dr. Julie

P.S. Please let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed this recipe. Also, let me know what kind of special drinks YOU serve at your holiday parties. Thanks!

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