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Recipe: Homemade Hot Cider with Gingersnap Juice

Recipe: Homemade Hot Cider with Gingersnap Juice

Winter is the perfect season for hot beverages. Whether you’re enjoying a walk in the brisk morning air or cuddling up by the fireplace at night, a hot beverage can warm your hands, your body, and your heart. Sharing a mug of your favorite winter drink is also a great way to bond with family and friends.

Although Little West specializes in cold pressed juice, we’re big fans of coffee, tea, cocoa, and other drinks best served hot. Hot apple cider is one of our favorite wintertime beverages. It’s a classic drink the whole family loves and it’s easy to make at home. Plus, the apple juice in cider is a delicious source of antioxidants and flavonoids that promote better health.

But if you’re making cider at home this winter, choose your ingredients carefully. Many brands of apple juice are loaded with added sugars, artificial sweeteners, and chemical preservatives. Store-bought apple juice is usually pasteurized, too, which kills off the healthy enzymes, nutrients, and flavor.

At Little West, we like to use our Gingersnap juice for hot cider. Gingersnap is packed with nutrients and crisp, refreshing flavor from fuji apples and green apples that have been hand-picked on local West Coast farms. Plus, it has a spicy kick from fresh ginger root – at Little West, we always juice our ginger and never use powdered ginger or ginger concentrates.

We know you’ll love this hot cider recipe for all your winter festivities!



  • 2 bottles Little West Gingersnap Juice
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (approx. 2" long)
  • Juice from 1/2 Orange (or 4-5 Tbsp Little West Orange Juice)
  • Peel from 1/2 Orange
  • 1/2 Clove
  • 1 Star Anise 



Making our Gingersnap Hot Cider is easy. You’ll need a medium-sized pot, a ladle or stirring spoon, and your favorite mugs for hot beverages.

First, pour Gingersnap and orange juice into the pot. Add the cinnamon stick, orange peel, clove, and star anise.

Next, simmer over low heat for about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (For the best flavor, watch your cider and don’t let it come to a full boil.)

Remove the pot from the stove and allow it to cool for 1 to 2 minutes. Optional: Pour cider through a sieve or cheesecloth to strain out the spices. 

After cooling, pour or ladle into mugs. Garnish with extra cinnamon sticks, serve, and enjoy!

Holiday Happy Hour Version

Our Gingersnap Hot Cider is a delicious beverage on its own, but if you’re looking for a little extra holiday cheer, this drink can also be served as a festive cocktail. 

For the alcoholic Happy Hour version, simply prepare the hot cider as instructed. Then, add 1 oz. of your favorite spirit. We recommend spiced rum, brandy, or bourbon. 

Pair with Vegan Sunrise Cranberry Bread

We also recommend pairing our Gingersnap Hot Cider with our Vegan Sunrise Cranberry Bread. It’s the perfect combination for a wintertime brunch or a late-afternoon tea. Find the recipe here.

Cheers to a healthy, happy holiday!

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