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This boiled apple cider syrup recipe is a simple syrup that’s perfect for fall! Use it for drinks and cocktails, pancakes, waffles, and more.

Apple cider syrup

Here’s a versatile ingredient that infuses fall flavor into everything it touches: Apple Cider Syrup! This boiled apple cider is reduced until it’s sweet and fruity with a few cinnamon sticks to infuse a spiced flavor. It comes out thick and syrupy, perfect as a simple syrup for fall cocktails and for drizzling over ice cream, pancakes, waffles and more! Here’s how to do it!

Ingredients for boiled apple cider syrup

This apple cider syrup recipe is simple to make and requires just 3 ingredients! Boiled apple cider reduces to a thick syrup, though it needs a bit of sugar for just the right texture. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • High-quality apple cider, preferably from your farmers market or local orchard. Look for unfiltered cider, which maintains the best flavor and color.
  • Granulated sugar, or substitute brown sugar; this helps to thicken the syrup
  • Cinnamon sticks to add a robust, spiced flavor
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Type of apple cider to buy

There are a few major types of apple cider you’ll find at the store or apple orchard. Here’s a breakdown and what we prefer for boiled apple cider syrup:

  • Unfiltered vs filtered: Apple cider is sold unfiltered, which has the pulp and sediment, and filtered, which is basically like apple juice. For the best flavor and color for this syrup, choose unfiltered! But it works with filtered as well.
  • Pasteurized vs unpasteurized: Pasteurizing apple cider makes it more shelf stable. If it’s unpasteurized, it can turn into hard cider or apple cider vinegar over time, so you should drink it within 2 weeks. Unpasteurized cider has more risk of bacteria, so we recommend pasteurized.

Ways to use apple cider syrup

There are so many ways to use this apple cider syrup! We originally made it for use in a margarita, but there are so many more ways to use it. Here are a few ideas on how to use apple cider syrup:

How do you plan to use it? Let us know in the comments below!

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More apple cider recipes

Love apple cider? Try these tasty recipes starring the season’s favorite drink:

This boiled apple cider syrup recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Apple cider syrup

Apple Cider Syrup (Boiled Cider)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: ¾ cup 1x


This boiled apple cider syrup recipe is a simple syrup that’s perfect for fall! Use it for drinks and cocktails, pancakes, waffles, and more.


  • 4 cups apple cider (unfiltered)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks


  1. Place the apple cider, granulated sugar and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a low boil, then maintain a low boil for 30 to 35 minutes until reduced to ¾ cup. Use immediately or refrigerate until using (stores up to 2 weeks refrigerated).
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Fall
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Apple cider syrup, apple cider simple syrup, apple cider syrup recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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