Apple Chai Cider Recipe


Warm and spicy this Apple Chai Cider Recipe is reminiscent of the Starbucks version and is perfect for an after the pumpkin patch refreshment!

Yesterday I told you about my childhood memories of trick or treating with family friends and coming back to the house afterwards to the smell of mulled apple cider made by my god mother, Sharon (you can read the post here). 

Potter Barn Pumpkin Drink Dispenser
Pottery Barn recently sent me this beautiful Pumpkin Drink Dispenser to use during some autumn entertaining. 

Halloween always reminds me of Sharon so I decided to put my own spin on her mulled apple cider and create my own Apple Chai Cider recipe that can be served either hot or cold, perfect for inside my pumpkin drink dispenser.

Apple Chai Citer Ingredients

Apple Chai Cider Recipe:


  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 9 cardamon pods
  • 2 star anise 
  • 1/2 a nut of nutmeg
  • 1-2 inch piece of ginger (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 pod of vanilla (split down the middle)
  • 1 gallon of fresh pressed apple cider

Pumpkin Drink Dispenser from Pottery Barn


  • Put all of your ingredients together in a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. 
  • Once apple cider has reached a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1/2 hour.
  • Strain out spices and chill or serve hot.
  • I enjoy this recipe both hot and cold so I usually make apple chai cider out of all of my apple cider, chill, then put it back into the jug that I bought it in. If I want it hot I put it in a mug and microwave until it is heated, or I drink it cold. 


If you don’t have time to chill your apple cider, you can create a simple “chai concentrate” that you mix into the cold apple cider. Simply boil all of the above ingredients (minus the apple cider) with 5 cups of cold water. Boil, uncovered, until the liquid has reduced by half. Chill then mix with apple cider. 


Thank you to Pottery Barn for sending my family a pumpkin drink dispenser to use at our Pumpkin Carving Party. 

Tell me… What are your favorite fall recipes that you make year after year?


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  1. October 27, 2014 @ 6:25 pm Jessica

    OhEMGee, This sounds apple chai cider recipe sounds delicious!!! I am going to whip this up, for sure. Actually, I’m heading to a Halloween party this Friday…I think this will be in tow!

    …and, that’s a super cute pumpkin drink dispenser!

    Thank you! :)
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