Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider Recipe with Cranberry and Peach Juice

Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider

Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider Recipe with Cranberry and Peach Juice
Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 8


Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider
Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider

Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider is a delightful twist on the traditional hot cider, perfect for those looking to enjoy the cozy warmth of spiced cider without the added sugars. This recipe is designed to bring out the natural sweetness and flavors of the juice, complemented by the aromatic spices of cinnamon and cloves. It's an ideal beverage for chilly evenings, festive gatherings, or simply as a comforting drink to enjoy by the fire.


The tradition of hot cider dates back centuries, with variations found in many cultures around the world. Originally, cider was made from fermented apple juice, but over time, non-alcoholic versions became popular, especially in America. The addition of spices such as cinnamon and cloves has been a long-standing practice to enhance the flavor. Anna's version of sugar-free hot cider is a modern adaptation, catering to the growing demand for healthier beverage options without compromising on taste.


How to prepare

  1. Pour the juices into a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare a pouch for the spices using cheesecloth (or a new hand wipe). Place the spices in the center of the cloth and secure it with cooking twine (or a rubber band).
  3. Once the juices are boiling, add the spice pouch.
  4. Turn off the heat and let it steep for approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Serve the mixture hot.


  • For a twist on the traditional flavor, consider adding a slice of fresh ginger or a few star anise to the spice pouch. For those who prefer a bit of citrus, a splash of lemon juice can add a refreshing tang.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

To extract the maximum flavor from the spices, make sure to gently crush the cinnamon sticks and cloves before adding them to the pouch. This increases the surface area and allows more of the spices' essential oils to infuse the cider. Additionally, keeping the heat off after adding the spice pouch helps in steeping the spices without boiling off their delicate flavors.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider in a mug, garnished with a cinnamon stick or a slice of orange for an extra touch of warmth and flavor. It's perfect for sipping slowly on a cold night or serving at holiday gatherings.

Cooking Techniques

The key technique in this recipe is the infusion of spices into the juice without boiling them directly in the liquid. This method preserves the delicate flavors of the spices and prevents the cider from becoming cloudy.

Ingredient Substitutions

If Splenda is not your preferred sweetener, you can substitute it with an equivalent amount of any sugar alternative of your choice, such as stevia or erythritol. For a different flavor profile, pear juice can be used in place of one of the bottles of juice.

Make Ahead Tips

This hot cider can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Gently reheat on the stove or in a slow cooker when ready to serve.

Presentation Ideas

For an elegant presentation, serve the hot cider in clear mugs with a handle tied with a cinnamon stick and a sprig of fresh rosemary. This not only looks festive but also adds a subtle aroma to the drink.

Pairing Recommendations

Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider pairs wonderfully with fall and winter dishes, such as roasted turkey, baked ham, or a hearty stew. It also complements sweet treats like apple pie or pumpkin bread.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover cider in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, simply warm the cider over low heat on the stove, being careful not to bring it to a boil.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

A serving of Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider contains approximately 50-70 calories, making it a low-calorie option for a warm, comforting drink. This is significantly lower than traditional hot cider recipes that can contain upwards of 120 calories per serving due to the high sugar content.


This sugar-free hot cider is significantly lower in carbohydrates compared to traditional recipes. The main source of carbs in this recipe comes from the natural sugars present in the juice. By using a no-sugar-added juice and substituting sugar with Splenda, the total carbohydrate content is greatly reduced, making it a suitable option for those monitoring their carb intake.


Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider contains virtually no fats. This makes it an excellent choice for individuals following a low-fat diet or anyone looking to enjoy a heart-healthy warm beverage during the colder months.


This recipe does not contain significant amounts of protein. It is primarily enjoyed for its comforting warmth and flavor rather than as a source of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Depending on the type of juice used, this hot cider can be a good source of certain vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C if apple or orange juice is used. The spices also contribute small amounts of minerals such as manganese, which is important for bone health and metabolism.


This recipe is free from common allergens such as gluten, dairy, nuts, and soy, making it suitable for individuals with food allergies or intolerances.


Overall, Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider is a low-calorie, fat-free, and low-carbohydrate beverage. It's a health-conscious choice that doesn't sacrifice flavor, making it a wonderful addition to any diet.


Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider is a delightful, health-conscious take on a traditional favorite. With its rich flavors, low calorie and carbohydrate content, and absence of common allergens, it's a versatile beverage that can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you're looking to warm up on a cold night or serve a festive drink at your next gathering, this recipe is sure to please.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe is still vivid in my mind. It was a cool autumn day, the leaves were starting to turn vibrant shades of red and orange, and there was a crispness in the air that signaled the change of seasons. I had just returned from a visit to my dear friend Anna's house, where she had served me a delicious hot cider that she said was sugar-free.

Anna and I had been friends for many years, and she was a wonderful cook. She always seemed to have a knack for creating delicious and healthy dishes, and I was always eager to learn from her. So when she told me that she had come up with a sugar-free hot cider recipe, I was intrigued.

As I sipped the warm, spiced drink, I was amazed at how flavorful it was without any added sugar. The sweetness came from the natural sugars in the apples and a touch of honey, and the spices added a wonderful depth of flavor. I knew right then and there that I had to learn how to make it myself.

After thanking Anna for her hospitality and the delicious cider, I asked her for the recipe. She smiled and handed me a piece of paper with the ingredients and instructions written in her elegant handwriting. I tucked the paper into my apron pocket and made my way home, eager to recreate the drink for my own family.

The next day, I gathered all the ingredients I needed: fresh apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, honey, and a splash of lemon juice. I followed Anna's instructions carefully, simmering the apple cider with the spices until the flavors melded together perfectly. The aroma that filled my kitchen was warm and inviting, just like the cider itself.

When I finally poured myself a steaming mug of the sugar-free hot cider and took a sip, I knew I had found a new favorite recipe. The combination of sweet apples, warm spices, and a hint of tangy lemon was simply divine. I couldn't wait to share it with my family and friends.

Over the years, I have made Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider countless times. It has become a staple in my fall cooking repertoire, and I love serving it to guests who come to visit. The recipe has been passed down through the generations of my family, and my grandchildren now enjoy making it with me in the kitchen.

As I sit here, sipping a mug of the fragrant cider and watching the leaves fall outside my window, I am filled with gratitude for the memories and friendships that this recipe has brought into my life. I am grateful to Anna for sharing her creation with me, and I am grateful for the joy that this simple drink has brought to so many people over the years.

And so, as the seasons change and the days grow shorter, I will continue to make Anna's Sugar-free Hot Cider, savoring each sip and cherishing the memories that it brings. For me, this recipe is more than just a drink – it is a reminder of the power of friendship, the joy of cooking, and the warmth of shared moments with loved ones. And for that, I am truly grateful.


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