This simply spiked cider is served with warm oven baked apple crisps.

Some Mondays just drive you to drink, don’t they?

This past one was one of them for me.

Simply spiked cider with oven baked apple crisps
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As if the first day of the work week doesn’t suck enough as it is, waking up Monday morning knowing your week doesn’t end until a red eye flight home Saturday morning from a west coast work trip takes the sucktasticness of the day to a whole other level.

A level which requires booze.

Spike apple cider rimmed with sugar and cinnamon and fun crispy apple chips to be exact. This recipe baked the chips in the oven but you can also make dehydrated apples using a dehydrator if you have one.

Simply spiked cider

Is there anything better than a warm mug of spiked cider on a cold fall day while you wait for dinner to cook?

In this case the answer is yes.

And it involves your husband not watching 25 year old Miami Vice episodes on Netflix while doing so.

Spiked cider with oven baked apple crisps

Because if Monday didn’t drive you to drink, 1983 Don Johnson will.

Love this simply spiked apple cider recipe? Have a go at this apple cinnamon tea latte for another fall inspired drink (without the booze) or this fig and apple cider cocktail. You can use this fig preserves recipe to make it!

4 from 2 votes

Simply Spiked Cider with Oven Baked Apple Crisps

Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes
Simply spiked cider
This simply spiked cider is served with warm oven baked apple crisps.


For the Cider

  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/3 cup dark rum
  • cinnamon & turbinado sugar for rim garnish

For the Apple Chips

  • 1 whole apple, thinly sliced
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg


For the Cider

  • Combine apple cider, cloves, cinnamon and extract in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain out cloves, mix in rum and set aside.
  • In a small plate combine sugar and cinnamon.
  • Wet the rim of the serving glasses with some extra rum and dip into sugar mixture to coat the entire rim.
  • Pour cider into glasses and serve warm.

For the Apple Chips

  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
  • Place apple slices on a parchment lined baking sheet (slice the apple whole, do not core).
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and bake for about 2 hours, flipping slices half way through. Watch carefully after 1 hour 30 minutes to make sure they don’t burn. You want to remove them when crispy, not burnt.
  • Use as garnish with cider or eat as a snack!


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 304kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gSodium: 16mgPotassium: 459mgFiber: 3gSugar: 44gVitamin A: 54IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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  1. This recipe is great. This would be great warmed up on a cold winter night without the rum (since I don’t drink). Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Yum!! With 3 kids *any* day of the week drives me to drink. Except I actually hardly drink at all… Maybe 3 little kids would be easier to deal with if I did…. Haha. Even a virgin version of this sounds yummy though :)

  3. Haha, I could definitely use a glass [or two] of this while my hubby is watching his favorite shows :P Or maybe I’ll share with him and he’ll share the remote?!

  4. I know that feeling too well. But this is basically just apple juice right? Totally acceptable to drink at all times of the day ; )

  5. Blue Mondays do get under my skin once in a while. However Mondays or not I think your “simply spiked cider with oven baked apple crisps” is one way to rev up ones senses once a gloomy mood strike. By the way is it only turbinado sugar that can make that awesome rim garnish?

    1. no, you can definitely use regular sugar. Turbinado is just bigger crystals and looks prettier on the rim ;)