It’s a great time of year to make your own warm apple cider drink. It starts with fresh apple juice — use tart apples like Granny Smith or sweet apples like gala to create your flavor profile. Next you’ll add mulling spices, which are rich in flavonoids and polyphenols, like ginger, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. The lemon zest and orange add extra flavor and vitamin C.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time25 min
  • Total Time35 min
  • Yield4
  • Serving Size1 cup
  • Energy230 cal
  • Course
    • Dessert
  • Suitable for Diet
    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
    • Reboot Program
    • Weight Loss Program
    • Lifestyle Program


  • 4-6 apples, juiced (will make about 4 cups)
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cardamom pods
  • 1-inch piece ginger
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 small orange, thin slices

Preparing the spices


Wash apples, then chop and prepare to suit your juicer.


Juice apples and transfer juice to a medium saucepan.


Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and lemon zest.


Cover and warm on low-medium for 25 minutes. Don’t bring to a boil.


Add orange slices to the mixture in the last 5 minutes.


Strain the mixture into a heat-safe container and serve in your favorite mugs.

  • 4 servings per container
  • Serving Size1 cup
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories230
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat2.5 g3.21%
  • Saturated Fat0.5 g2.5%
  • Sodium45 mg1.96%
  • Total Carbohydrate55 g20%
  • Dietary Fiber13 g46.43%
  • Total Sugars28 g
  • Protein2 g4%
  • Calcium165 mg12.69%
  • Iron3 mg16.67%
  • Potassium503 mg10.7%

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