Tea Recipes

Hot Buttered Apple Cider

Hot Buttered Apple Cider

Photo Credit: Real Food by Dad

Fall is the season for sweaters, spices, and celebrations. Celebrate the season with this superior apple cider that’s perfect for a party since people can top themselves off whenever their cup runs dry. As always, we added in a little flair with tea to this oh, so festive and flavorful concoction. And a word of caution - if you’re watching your calories, probably best to stay away from this one.

Hot Buttered Apple Cider

Makes 8 glasses // Prep Time: 5 minutes // Active Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 honeycrisp apples, sliced
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2 rounded tsp or 2 bags/sachets black tea
  • 6 cups all natural apple cider
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • A pinch of salt
  • Your favorite spiced rum or bourbon
  • Apple slices and/or cinnamon sticks for garnish


Combine the apple slices and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low heat and let the apples simmer for 5 minutes. Then add in the tea and let simmer for another 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain mixture into the large pot you’ll use for the rest of the cider.

In that same large pot, add in the apple cider and bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat to low. Stir in the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Stir until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.

Serve in mugs, top with a shot of rum or bourbon, and garnish with a fancy cinnamon stick and/or an apple slice. Drink it while it’s hot!

Recipe adapted from Once Upon a Chef




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