Hot Cider with Apple Brandy & Spices


A natural, cloudy apple cider is delicious for this exotically spicy and aromatic winter warmer, but if you desire a sparkling-clear drink, apple juice can be substituted. Calvados, which is a French apple brandy, adds richness. If you wish to omit it, just add more cider or juice.

Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
8 servings


  • 8 cups apple cider, or apple juice

  • 4 whole cloves

  • 4 whole allspice berries

  • 4 whole cardamom seeds

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 cup Calvados, or brandy


  1. Combine cider or juice, cloves, allspice, cardamom and cinnamon sticks in a large saucepan. Simmer for 20 minutes; strain out spices and stir in Calvados or brandy. Serve very hot in heavy mugs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

184 Calories
30g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 29g
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 1mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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