With frost littering the ground, exams around the corner, and mittens and scarves abounding, everyone is struggling to shake
off the cold.

The winter and holiday season typically means one of two things: mint or apple. Spice up those long winter nights with a steaming mug of your own home-brewed apple cider—whether it be in the slow cooker, stove top, or in your very own coffee maker, the sweet, tangy taste of cider brings comfort in a cup.

Coffee maker cider:


  • ¼ cup brown sugar*
    ½ tsp whole all spice
    1 tsp whole cloves
    1 cinnamon stick
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    1 pinch ground nutmeg
    1 large orange, quartered (keep peel)
    2L apple cider (regular apple juice works too)
    *Sugar measurement is optional


  1. Place coffee filter in coffee basket and fill with spices and orange peel.
  2. Pour cider or apple juice in coffee pot where the water usually goes.
  3. Brew, serve, and enjoy.

For stove top, mix in all ingredients and heat on medium until ready. Make sure to remove all ingredients 20
minutes after start of recipe so the flavour does not become overwhelming.

For slow cookers, place all spices in cheesecloth, cover, and let simmer on low for three hours while stirring occasionally. Leftovers can be reheated and served. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon to make it extra festive.

Tip: Make sure to clean the coffee maker thoroughly when done.