Apple Knockers

Source: Colorado Cache Cookbook

Snapshot Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Husband’s Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Will I make again?: I make this every fall!

Recipe Difficulty: Simple.

Time Involved: Thirty minutes.

Occasion: When you want a warm and cozy drink.

About this Recipe

This is my favorite spiced cider. My mom has been making it for years, and it has so much flavor from the apple cider, citrus juices and spices. This is sure to warm you up on a cold day, and it’s great for entertaining.


The main ingredients are apple cider, lemon juice, orange juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, ground nutmeg and brandy (optional).


There is nothing complicated about this recipe. You can find cheesecloth at your regular grocery store over by the cooking utensil section, and I use Paul Masson Brandy (the regular one). I do like this with the Brandy, but you can certainly leave it out.

If you are sensitive to sweetness, you might want to reduce the sugar in the recipe, particularly if your cider is very sweet.

Final thoughts

We absolutely love this spiced cider, and I think you will too!

Apple Knockers

Colorado Cache
Course Drinks
Servings 12 people


  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup brandy (optional) (I use Paul Masson)


  • Tie the cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg in a cheesecloth. Simmer the cider with the spices and sugar for 15 minutes. Remove the bag of seasonings.
  • Add the orange juice, lemon juice and brandy (if using). Heat to bubbling and serve.


If you don’t like things too sweet, you may want to reduce the sugar. 


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