Canadian Hot Apple Cider

Topped with a dollop of whipped cream, this comforting treat tastes like a boozy apple pie

Canadian falls and winters are cold, requiring every possible effort to stay cozy and warm— like sipping on this hot apple cider, for instance. Steaming mugs of fresh apple cider (unfiltered fresh apple juice) are lightly sweetened with Canadian maple syrup and given a little kick thanks to a splash of bourbon. Come to think of it, the cold season doesn’t sound so bad after all!


  • 2 cups fresh apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey


  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Dried apple rings


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the apple cider and maple syrup and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot. Stir in the whiskey and pour into mugs.
  2. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a dried apple. Serve steaming hot.

Serves 2; Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 5 minutes

Excerpted from Fraiche Food Fuller Hearts by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer. Copyright © 2023 Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer. Photography by Rachelle Beatty. Published by Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.