How to Make Apple Cider Mix

Because home made is always better, this Apple Cider Spice Mix is the perfect mix for gift giving.  Ground spices, brown sugar, granulated sugar and lemon or orange zest is blended together and stored in a pretty jar. Adding a ribbon to the jar makes the gift cute and perfect for gift wrapping.

How to make apple cider spice mix

How to Make Spice Mix

Whether serving this mix in hot apple juice or apple cider depends on your personal taste. Organic apple juice works perfectly with 1-2 teaspoons of mix, however if you put it in apple cider you might want to use less per 8 ounces.  This recipe make 1- 1/4 cups of mix and can be doubled or tripled.

The recipe is very simple to mix. In fact a well stocked kitchen pantry should provide you with a last minute gift mix idea.  The only ingredients you may not have on hand is lemon zest and cardamon.  You can substitute lemon zest for orange or use both.

In a medium bowl, add brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon zest, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, cardamon, and ginger.  Mix together and store in pretty container/jar.   


This mix would be great for hayrides, tailgating and any fall event. Enjoy!

Spices for pumpkin pie spice,

Ground spices to add to Spice Mix.

How to make Apple Spice mix

Spices added to brown sugar, granulated sugar will be added next.

To Serve: Mix 1-2 teaspoons of spice mix in 8 ounce cup or mug of apple juice.

If you want to wrap a small scoop with the mix for easy serving and finishing touch.

Attach a pretty label to your jar and a decorative ribbon and you have the perfect gift.

Download Apple Cider Mix Label Below Link

I used this label template- labels 2″ x 2″ 

Apple Cider Mix Labels,

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Gift Giving Apple Cider Spice Mix

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Super easy Apple Cider Spice Mix recipe made with brown sugar,  grated orange zest, ground cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, cloves and tiny bit of cardamon. Perfect mix for gift giving.  Double or triple recipe as needed.

  • Author: Liz Bushong
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes + 12 hour mellow
  • Yield: 48 teaspoons or 11/4 cups mix 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Heat & Stir
  • Cuisine: American Fall Beverage


Units Scale

Spice Mix- Makes 1 cup or 48 teaspoons

1 cup light or dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon grated orange zest ( one large orange)

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon-optional but very good

Apple Cider


  1. In a small bowl, add brown sugar and grated orange zest. Toss with fork to blend. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or place mix in a ziplock bag and let it sit 12 hours to mellow the orange with the sugar.
  2. In a medium bowl, add zest and sugar mix, and all spices.  Whisk together to blend.
  3. Scoop mix into small 4 or 6 ounce jars as gifts.  Add label. And attach instructions below for gift giving.

To Make a Single 8 ounce Apple Cider Serving

Place one cup of  hot apple cider in a mug. Add 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Mix to hot apple cider. Stir until dissolved.  Add dollop of whipped cream and cinnamon stick and serve.

Recipe can be doubled or tripled for larger servings.


Cardamon is a ginger, citrus, peppery flavor which really adds great depth of flavor to your spice mix. However, it is optional, you could substitute  1/2 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper in addition to a 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon to replace cardamon.

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  1. Perhaps the page didn’t load correctly on my phone, but I can’t seem to find any amounts to use in your recipe. How much sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.? Thank you.

    1. Hi Helen,

      It should be listed at the very bottom of the page, let me know if you don’t see it. 🙂 Thank you for checking it out. Hope you will make it.

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