Candied Apple Cider

    December 3, 2016

    With just a few blasts of heat from a torch, you can add a crunchy caramel garnish to this seasonally spiced apple cider.

    This easy candied apple cider is perfect for a weekend cabin getaway or for sipping around a campfire.

    Whether you’re hunkered down next to a campfire or curled up next to an indoor fireplace, a warm cup of apple cider can really crank the coziness factor up to 11 this holiday season. With cinnamon, cloves, and clementine oranges, this is the perfect go-to winter cocktail. Especially if it’s freezing cold out, this drink can really take the edge off (in more ways than one.)

    For this particular variation, we’ve added a bit of a seasonal flair: slices of caramelized apples for garnish. These “candied apple” slices are a delicious sweet & crunchy treat that can be enjoyed up front or saved for the end. And with the right tools, they’re very easy to make. Just cover a few apple slices with either brown or white sugar and give them a once over with a blowtorch. The sugars will melt, bubble, and coat the apple slices.

    Why it works

    ‣  The heated sugar melts to form a crunchy and slightly-sticky caramel.

    ‣  If you’re using a blowtorch to start a fire (either at home or at a campsite), then why not use it toast up some apples and make your winter cocktail extra fancy?

    Mastering the Technique

    ‣  For the garnish, you will want to light your torch (and adjust the flame) before pointing it at your food. Propane does not taste good. You will want to avoid unintentionally blowing any unlit fuel onto your food, otherwise it will be left with an unappetizing aftertaste.

    ‣  For the cider, use the loose whole cloves to stud the rind of the clementines. This will keep them attached to the fruit and out of your drink when it comes time to serve.

    ‣  The longer the apples, oranges, and spices simmer together, the more flavorful the cider will become.

    Equipment Notes  

    ‣  We used a Bernzomatic TS4000 torch for this recipe. The narrow flame profile allows us to heat a thin surface of the apple slices with ease (we have used the 4500 Heat Shrink for recipes as well).

    This easy candied apple cider is perfect for a weekend cabin getaway or for sipping around a campfire.This easy candied apple cider is perfect for a weekend cabin getaway or for sipping around a campfire.

    Candied Apple Cider

    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Servings 8 cups
    Calories 247 kcal


    • 1/2 gallon apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
    • 1 cup whiskey or bourbon
    • 4 clementines
    • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
    • 2 apples
    • 3 cinnamon sticks
    • 2 tablespoons sugar (white works best)


    1. MAKE THE CIDER: Pour the cider and whiskey in a large pot. Cut the clementines in half and press the cloves into the skin. Slice one of the apples. Add the clementines, apple slices, and cinnamon sticks to the pot with the cider. Simmer the cider over medium-low heat for at least a half hour.

    2. MAKE THE CANDIED APPLE GARNISH: Right before serving, slice the second apple into thin wedges. Sprinkle the sugar over one side of each wedge to just coat the surface. Heat the sugar by holding the blowtorch a few inches above the apple slices and gently moving the flame from side to side until the sugar begins to bubble and turn a caramel color. Allow to cool until the sugars harden.

    3. TO SERVE: Ladle the cider into cups and garnish each with a candied apple slice. Enjoy!

    This easy candied apple cider is perfect for a weekend cabin getaway or for sipping around a campfire.

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