Spiked Holiday Cider

Cider in a mug with star decorations and cranberries

Get in the holiday spirit with this Spiked Holiday Cider! This easy cocktail recipe uses Fall and Winter fruit, like apples, pears, and persimmons, then is naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and topped off with brandy. This boozy cider is the ultimate festive holiday cocktail, perfect for your holiday party.


Optional Drink Decorations:


  1. Add all spices to a medium/large pot and on medium heat, toast and stir spices for about 5 minutes, or until fragrant.
  2. Take pot off the heat and add chopped fruit and orange juice and peel, and maple syrup then fill the pot with water until the fruit is covered with about 2 inches of water. Cover the pot and set to medium-low heat and simmer for 3 hours.
  3. Once the holiday cider is ready, strain and discard the fruit and spices, and add more maple syrup to the cider if needed. Serve hot or cold.
  4. Optional: Top each mug with optional drink decorations and add 1 ounce of brandy before serving.


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