Hot Apple Cider Punch

A little taste of Africa from World Gospel Mission’s International Cookbook

Fall and apple cider go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s just one of those simple enjoyments of the season. This spiced cider recipe offers the comfort of a warm drink in your hand and makes your house smell lovely, too. Please note that this recipe is made for sharing, so it is great for parties or small gatherings and pairs well with apple cider doughnuts. Don’t just take the word of the WGM test kitchen though; you will want to try this one for yourself. Cheers!


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 2 tsp. whole allspice
  • 2 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 2 oranges, studded with cloves


Hot Apple Cider Punch: Add cider.
Hot Apple Cider Punch: Add spices.
Hot Apple Cider Punch: Add sugar.

Heat cider, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and sugar to boiling.

Hot Apple Cider Punch: Simmer ingredients.

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Hot Apple Cider Punch: Stud orange rings with cloves

While your cider is simmering, cut and stud your oranges with cloves. Tip: You can heat your oranges in the oven to intensify the flavor if you like more of a citrus hint.

Hot Apple Cider Punch: Strain punch.
Hot Apple Cider Punch: Pour into punch bowl and serve.

Strain punch and pour into a punch bowl. Tip: If you prepare this drink ahead of time, place it in a crock pot on low to keep it warm.

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