Boozy Beer Hot Cider

Winter is perfect. Sure, summer has it’s advantages. There are pool parties, driving with the windows down, and water-centric vacations. But winter has tall boots, chunky sweaters, seasonal lattes and big warm mugs of booze. You also have the added benefit of not having to worry about throwing on a tiny swimsuit at a moment’s notice. Then again, a few mugs of this and you may feel crazy enough to open the hot tub and dig out that bikini. It’s your call.

Boozy Beer Hot Cider

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 12 ounces holiday ale or Belgian ale


  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat add the cider, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and allspice. Bring to a low simmer, simmer for ten minutes.
  2. Add 3 ounces of the beer to each glass. Top with warm cider, straining out the spices.
  3. Serve warm.

Photo credit: Jackie Dodd