Warm Winter Ciders and Brews

Come in from the cold to enjoy warm holiday ciders and mulled wine with a touch of spice.

  • Spiced Apple Cider
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Spiced Apple Cider

    Spiced apple cider is a fun drink to make for your family for a holiday meal or celebration. It's also an amazing pick-me-up on a cold Sunday afternoon while hanging out watching football. If you're serving it at a holiday party for adults, add a shot of spiced rum to each mug. Delicious!

  • Spiced Caramel Apple Cider
    Oxmoor House

    Spiced Caramel Cider

    If you'd prefer a beverage with less spice, try substituting apple juice for the apple cider. It's fantastic either way.
  • Spiced Cider
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Leigh Ann Ross

    Spiced Cider

    A perfect warm cider for a small gatherings, this holiday brew is made by simmering apple cider with fresh lemon and orange slices, cinnamon, and cloves. Make it up a day in advance and reheat before serving.
  • Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch
    James Carrier

    Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch

    Steeping fresh cranberries with juice, raisins, and cinnamon sticks starts things off for this mulled punch. But additions of red wine, lemon, almond flavors, and orange liqueur build an evener richer depth of taste. As warming holiday beverages go, this one's a stunner.
  • Easy Swedish Glögg
    Charles E. Walton IV

    Easy Swedish Glögg

    Similar to a wassail, this spicy sweet beverage warms up even the coldest winter nights. Make the brew up to two weeks ahead in preparation for your holiday gathering.
  • Mulled Cider and Wine
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

    Mulled Cider and Wine

    This warm drink calls for a quick simmer with juices and spices, then an easy addition of red wine just before serving.

  • Cider
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Amy Burke

    Cider and Spice Bag

    The spice bag, made with peppercorns, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and citrus rind, adds rich flavor to this easy cider recipe. If your party falls on an unusually warm winter day, try this beverage over ice; it's equally delicious hot or cold.

  • Hot Mulled Cider
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Hot Mulled Cider

    Float a few apple slices and some cinnamon sticks in this warming drink.

  • Thanksgiving Star Cider
    Scott Peterson

    Thanksgiving Star Cider

    Far from the usual, this warm cider is made with pear nectar, red wine, and honey that's steeped with star anise and dried hibiscus blossoms. Star anise, found in Asian markets or on the spice aisle at the supermarket, gives it a licorice-like flavor.
  • Apricot-Apple Cider Sipper

    Apricot-Apple Cider Sipper

    A hint of apricot and sweet spices give this citrus apple cider a clean, refreshing flavor. Perfect to serve at holiday gatherings, book clubs, or for carolers, the recipe makes 20 cups. Keep it warm in a crock pot and let guests serve themselves.
  • Pineapple Wassail

    Pineapple Wassail

    Typically wassail (Norse for "be in good health") is a spicy-sweet, wine-based holiday punch. This alcohol-free version steeps spices with a blend of fruit juices instead: pineapple juice, apricot nectar, o.j., and apple cider. The kids are gonna love it.
  • Warm Hazelnut Toddy
    Photo: Francesco Lagnese

    Warm Hazelnut Toddy

    Curl up by the fire with this simple beverage that takes less than a minute to make. Simply combine hazelnut-flavored liqueur with hot water then top with whipped cream.
  • Warm Mulled Cider
    Photo: Francesco Lagnese

    Warm Mulled Cider

    Simmer this cider on the stove before your holiday gathering to fill the house with scents of the season like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.
  • Spiced Pomegranate Sipper
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Spiced Pomegranate Sipper

    Pomegranate, white grape, and pineapple juices simmer with cinnamon, clove, and ginger to make a fragrant, elegant beverage for a special holiday dinner or gathering.
  • Hot Mulled Cider
    Randy Mayor

    Hot Mulled Cider

    Almost like a chai tea, this fragrant hot beverage steeps apple cider, a splash of orange juice, and all your favorite masala spices, including cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, peppercorn, and cloves. A few slices of fresh ginger give it a soothing zing.
  • Mulled Cranberry-Apple Cider
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Mulled Cranberry-Apple Cider

    Simmer some apple pie goodness on the stove with this wonderfully fragrant cranberry-apple cider beverage. It's warm and full of all those familiar pie spices, everything from cinnamon to nutmeg to cloves. But it comes packaged without a lot of calories and fat.
  • Orange Spiced Cider

    Orange Spiced Cider

    Bottled apple cider, pantry spices, and dark rum come together with a little orange peel to make a simple apple cider with a big heartwarming kick. But you can easily leave out the rum (and add it after cooking) so the kids can imbibe too.

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