Hot Buttered Spiced Cider

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1/2 gallon (8 cups) apple cider

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 1 strip zest

1/2 cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 strip zest

3 cinnamon sticks

4 whole cloves

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

Bourbon, rye or whiskey (optional)

Cinnamon candy sticks, for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine the cider, citrus juices and zest, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a large pot. Simmer over medium heat, about 20 minutes; do not boil.
  2. Ladle the cider into mugs, leaving the zest and spices in the pot, and add about 1/2 teaspoon butter to each mug. Spike the adults' drinks with a shot of bourbon and garnish with cinnamon candy sticks, if desired.
  3. Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo