Our Favorite Fall Hot Cider Recipe

Each year in October, our family heads to Ellijay, Georgia, for a weekend to enjoy the Georgia Apple Festival. With over 300 vendors, we love exploring the crafts this festival has to offer. Not only do they have creative finds, but they make every kind of apple recipe imaginable! We rent a cabin in the beautiful Georgia mountains and spend time enjoying each other’s company. Jessie and I always cherish this quiet weekend away with our family. Of course, while there, we always make delicious food with our mom and whip up a delicious fall hot cider to sip on! Nothing beats telling each other stories and laughing while enjoying this delicious drink.

I had a little taste of some crisp fall weather the other morning and decided to pull this recipe out early. While still a little warm in Georgia, I wanted you all to have this one ready to go for the days ahead! I hope you all will enjoy making this delicious hot cider to share through the fall months. Because we often alter this recipe, feel free to stray from the measurements. If you like sweeter ciders, use more apple juice than cranberry juice, or add a little nutmeg if you have it for some extra spice. You can’t mess it up!



  • 2 Black Tea Bags
  • 1 Cup of Apple Juice
  • 1 Cup of Cranberry Juice
  • 2 Cups of Hot Water
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp. of Vanilla
  • Apple Slices for Garnishing

(Makes about 4 cups)


The Recipe:

  • First, begin by steeping the two tea bags in 200 degree water for 8 minutes.


  • After the tea is done steeping, pour it into a pot you can heat on the stove. Next, add the apple juice and cranberry juice.


  • Now, add in the sugar, lemon, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir, and allow to heat for a few minutes.


  • After it is hot, pour in mugs for serving, and garnish with apple slices! If you prefer, this fall hot cider recipe is just as delicious cold!

YUM! Want a delicious dessert to go with this warm beverage? Try out our recipe for zucchini bread!


Also, I’ve been eye-balling this Contigo travel mug for a while now. I might just need to get one to carry around my delicious cider at the upcoming Apple Festival. I love the matte black finish!!


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