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Homemade Hot Apple Cider

homemade hot apple cider paleo recipe

Many apple cider recipes have sugar added to them and are overly sweet, for my taste. This Homemade Hot Apple Cider recipe however goes in the other direction, I add water to it to dilute the natural sweetness of the apple juice. This also stretches the amount, making the recipe more economical.

I made this the other day during the super chilly weather and with it’s warming spices (cinnamon and cloves) it hit the spot.

Homemade Hot Apple Cider


  • 1 quart apple juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 orange, sliced (leave skin on)
  1. In large pot combine apple juice, water, cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce and simmer for 15 minutes or longer
  3. Serve

Serves 4-6

Here’s a little poem I found one of my sons working on this weekend. I liked it and wanted to share with you all.

I am from an old house
From a house standing tall among maple trees
From a collage of shapes against the sky
From a house smelling of cookies
Always cozy and warm

He also drew a really cute picture with it, which looked much more childlike than the poem sounded. We had a fun weekend, and last night (well after I had discovered the above poem) baked the holiday cookies from my book.

The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook has been getting a lot of great press lately. It has been included in a number of holiday gift guides. Elisa Bosley over at Delicious Living wrote an article entitled “10+ gift-worthy cookbooks,” which includes my gluten free cookbook and also the fabulous What We Eat When We Eat Alone by family friend Deborah Madison.

Liz Schau over at The Examiner also wrote a really great review of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. And last but not least The Pioneer Press in the Twin Cities reran The Denver Post’s Best Cookbooks of 2009 list, which as you may recall included my cookbook.

posted on December 14, 2009, 21 comments

  1. christie, honoring health @ honormyhealth.com

    mmmm….nothing beats hot apple cider!

    • Cheryl Orian

      Hi, Elana,
      I have your books, love them, follow your website – and now I want a NEW book. How about a Paleo cookbook that is also Candida friendly? Love your recipes so much and so do my family.

  2. Moira

    Your cookbook and some almond flour are definitely on my wish list this year! For now the website is keeping me going. Thanks for all these great recipes!

  3. GF Grannie

    Loved the poem, and warm cider is one of my favorites. So happy that your cookbook is doing well. Going to be baking something from your list of your goodies tomorrow.

  4. Maria

    That is the sweetest poem! You should be a proud mother for many reasons.

  5. Lauren @ celiacteen.com

    Mmm, that looks heavenly Elana. I like the flavours and everything =D.

  6. Christianne

    HI Elana,
    Great post! I love the cider and the poem is so very lovely. It’s a great starter of my day.
    Thank you and I hope you’re all well!

  7. Kimberly@Living Free @ livingfreeforever.wordpress.com

    I ordered your cookbook last night and can’t wait to get it!!:)

  8. Stephanie

    Great idea to add water and adorable poem! I think it says a lot about what a great home you have created for your family.

  9. Sounds simple and delicious. I too don’t like the super-sweet ciders around – this is a perfect alternative.

  10. alicia

    What a beautiful and touching poem! It will be great to have warm apple cider sitting on the stove. Thank you.

  11. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen @ leftoverqueen.com

    So simple, but so good!

  12. sas

    Made this wonderful cider today–easy and so great. It was nice to be able to enjoy a “seasonal” beverage that I knew was safe for me! Thanks again Elana!

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! I am going to give them all a try. Not all at once of course.lol Have a great day!!!

  14. Brandon May @ thehealthyadvocate.com

    I cannot wait until Fall! Even though we don’t feel it until winter, I still like to pretend I live in the northeast (or a place that has seasons). I will make this on the first day of Autumn and drink it in the cool breeze, underneath the full moon (OK, I want to make it NOW). :)

  15. Lynnette

    Tell your son I think he ought to submit his poem to the Christian Science Monitor. Its the kind of poem they take and I just wonder. Mentioning his name cant hurt. And its just the right time of year. Innocence, well chosen words and crisp air go well together. Draws a universal picture to me. I love it.

  16. Patty Donofrio

    Elana Elana…Your family is so lucky to call YOU Mom! We, your admirerers out here in cyberspace, are also the lucky ones to know you as we do. Thank you for all you do for so many of us. Patty

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