jam jar with a homemade label, filled with diy apple cider spice mix

Hot Apple Cider Cinnamon Spice Mix Recipe

My sister in law gave a jar full of an amazing apple cider spice mix for Christmas last year. I loved it so much I hardly dared to use any of it because I was scared I’d run out of it too fast. But of course it eventually happened and I had to recreate it in my kitchen. It turned into this recipe for homemade Hot Apple Cider Cinnamon Spice Mix, which is so easy to make with just a few ingredients.
This makes for the perfect DIY Christmas food gift! I like to gift it with a bottle of nice apple juice (or red wine!) that people can stir this into. It's always very well received. If you want to make this as a gift, check out the notes section below the recipe for my packaging instructions, and to download my label for printing and using.
Course Spice Mix
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 8-oz jars OR 8 4-oz jars
Author Nora Rusev



  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cloves


  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and fill into individual jars.
  • Use about 1 tablespoon per quart of liquid. Less sweet liquids (like wine or cranberry juice) can use a little more.


    Recommended Packaging:

    Please note: I used 8-oz jars for the images, but you can use 4-oz jars just as well if it's for a small present, or if you're making a large amount (eg as party favors).
    For an apple juice to gift these with, these look nice (and can be prime'd in fast if you're as last minute with your gifts as I often am 😉):

    Click here to download the printable labels.
    Click here to download the printable labels with the METRIC serving size.
    Don’t worry, you don’t need to enter your eMail address or anything to get them, they’re absolutely free from me to you.