Hot Honey Cider

hot honey cider

Hot honey cider is perfect on a bonfire night or to warm up on a cold evening. This warm drink can be made with apple juice (instead of sider) for children, or you can add a shot of Calvados for adults. It’s also delicious served cold. For this you can leave out the apple rings; when the cider mix is cold, strain over ice and add a few slices of fresh orange. 

This recipe makes 1L apple cider.


  • 1L still apple cider.
  • 1 orange.
  • 10 cloves
  • 2 tbsp honey.
  • 1 star anise.
  • 2 cinnamon sticks.
  • To serve: dried apple rings.

How to prepare

  1. Pour the cider into a medium saucepan, stud the orange with the cloves and add to the pan, along with the honey, star anise and cinnamon. Stir. Warm gently over a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  2. Place two apple rings into the bottom of heatproof glasses or mugs.
  3. Remove the orange from the saucepan and cut it in half, squeeze the juice from one half and add to the cider.
  4. Strain the cider over the apple slices to serve.

Source: Collins Beekeeper Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses.