This Hot Cider Recipe Will Keep You Cozy in Westchester

Brew up a cozy batch of hot apple cider with Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm's delicious recipe that's perfectly crafted for the holiday season.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights offers one of the best Christmas tree experiences in Westchester. The trees are abundant, the staff is helpful, and the onsite bakery serves up mouthwatering treats all day long. The hot cider, free for anyone purchasing a tree, is particularly fragrant and delicious. Best of all, Wilkens shares the recipe with anyone who wants it, so it can be savored at home throughout the holiday season.

As the weather gets colder by the day in Westchester, it’s time to start brewing up cozy drinks and leaning into the season (holiday light displays, anyone?). Hot cocoa and tea are always solid options, but how about hot cider? This recipe elevates everyday cider by combining it with simple, yet flavorful ingredients. In just 15 minutes, your kitchen will be filled with the festive aroma of cinnamon and cloves…and your family members, once they get a whiff of that deliciousness. Or, if you need a unique recipe for that upcoming holiday potluck, this could be your new go-to drink. So what are you waiting for? Grab a gallon of New York apple cider, some honey, lemon juice, and cinnamon and craft the perfect batch of hot cider.

Wilkens Hot Cider

Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This hot cider recipe courtesy of Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm is sure to keep you cozy all winter long.


  • 1 gallon apple cider

  • 2 Tbsp honey

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

  • ½ tsp cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp cloves


  • Combine all ingredients in a large pot.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

In need of more seasonal recipes? This holiday cocktail will make you feel festive, and this peppermint bark will satisfy your sweet cravings. If you aren’t in the mood for cooking sweet treats, head to these local bakeries serving up Italian goodies like panettone, struffoli, torrone, cookies, and cakes this holiday season.

P.S. If you’re still on the hunt for a restaurant to dine at for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, allow us to present a list of places taking reservations. We hope you have a joyful holiday season, Westchester!

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