Hot Buttered Apple Cider

8 servings


For Spiced Butter:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

To make:

  • Half-gallon (64 ounces) all natural apple cider
  • Spiced Butter
  • cinnamon sticks (optional)


1. Make spiced butter by combining butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a small bowl. Use a plastic spatula to transfer butter mixture to the middle of a 12″ x 12″ piece of plastic wrap. Fold plastic wrap over butter mixture and shape into a log, twisting ends to seal closed. *Or put into a Container and scoop with spoon when soft. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Bring apple cider to a simmer over medium heat in a large pot, then turn heat to low. Remove spiced butter from plastic wrap and cut into 1-inch pieces. Add to hot cider and stir continuously until all butter is melted.

3. Ladle buttered cider into mug, garnish with cinnamon stick if desired. Serve hot.

*Sometimes, I will just put some onto a spoon and give it to them to stir into their drink for themselves!

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