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The Best Recipe for Apple Cider Syrup

Make this delicious Apple Cider Syrup to use as a delicious topping on your weekend brunch treats! You’ll love how easy this this cider syrup is to make and how it elevates a plate of waffles or pancakes to the next level. This spiced apple cider syrup is also great for holiday gifting!

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Making this Homemade Apple Cider Syrup

Last Sunday we had breakfast for dinner. I had planned to make a batch of waffles with a cherry sauce, but decided I wasn’t up for pitting cherries.

I remembered that I had been wanting to make the Apple Cider Syrup we had at our MOMS Club Waffle Breakfast. It was so good I found myself enjoying seconds and thirds of waffles just to have more syrup.

The syrup is really simple to make and features the delicious flavors of fall. I can’t think of a better recipe to enjoy on a cool fall day (fall seems so far away right now). Meals like this make me wish I had time to make breakfast every morning.

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Tools You’ll Need to Make this Apple Syrup Recipe

Here are my kitchen tool recommendations to help you prepare this delicious recipe for apple cider syrup:

  • Measuring Spoons – to measure the cornstarch and spices.
  • Measuring Cups – to measure the sugars.
  • Glass Measuring Cups for Liquids – to measure the apple cider.
  • Citrus Juicer – to juice the lemon.
  • Whisk – to whisk the spices and cornstarch into the liquids.
  • Wooden Spoon – to stir the syrup as it cooks.
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What is in this Apple Cider Syrup Recipe

The ingredients in this apple syrup recipe are really simple. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Granulated Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
  • Lemon Juice
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Butter

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions to make this delicious syrup, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

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How to Make Apple Syrup

  1. Mix sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg well.
  2. Add the fresh cider and lemon juice.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Then, let it boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  5. Cool to room temperature, then store refrigerated in a lidded container – I used a canning jar. Use within 1 week.

The above is simply a quick summary of this easy syrup recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

Tips for Making Apple Cider Syrup

Fresh apple cider is the key ingredient in this apple syrup recipe, so make sure you’re using pure apple cider and not apple juice. Fresh pressed apple cider doesn’t have extra sugars or spices added.

In my local grocery store I find fresh apple cider in the produce department in gallon jugs rather than on the juice aisle. It can be seasonal, so look for it during the fall and winter months.

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How to Use this Apple Cider Syrup

There are so many fun uses for this apple cider syrup! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Pour cider over vanilla ice cream for a fun fall dessert.
  • Use it in place of maple syrup when making waffles, pancakes, or french toast.
  • Fill dessert crepes with apple pie filling and drizzle this apple syrup over top.
  • Use it to sweeten hot tea (so good on this Apple Spice Tea!)
  • Swap out simple syrup in a fall cocktail and use apple syrup instead.
  • Package it in a cute glass syrup bottle and use is for holiday season gifting.

How to Store Leftover Apple Syrup

I store my leftover apple cider syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can reuse an old (washed and dried) glass syrup bottle or other container, such as a mason jar. It will last for about a week in the refrigerator.

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Try this Apple Cider Syrup Recipe!

Next time you’re looking for a homemade syrup recipes, give this recipe for apple cider syrup a try! Did you think it was a great alternative to traditional maple syrup? Leave a comment below and give it a review for others to see what you thought of this delicious syrup.

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Apple Cider Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples is the perfect fall meal. Fragrant sage and sweet caramelized apples pair perfectly with savory pork chops!

Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins are perfect for the transition between summer and fall. You can use up the loads of summer zucchini that are laying around in your garden, the grocery store, or at the farmer’s marker, while savoring the fall spice flavors and a hint of apple.

Apple Cider Roasted Squash is a great, easy acorn squash side dish to prepare all winter long, but it’s especially great for Thanksgiving!

Mulled Wine recipe is perfect for sipping during this autumn and winter season. Fresh pressed apple cider, tart pomegranate juice, and Tempranillo pair with mulling spices and fresh fruit to create a fall-inspired cocktail.

Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash is a great vegetarian side dish to accompany your Thanksgiving meal. Learn how to make baked stuffed acorn squash, how to prep it in advance, and many other tips for this recipe!

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Apple Cider Syrup

Apple Cider Syrup

Yield: approximately 25 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Make this delicious Apple Cider Syrup to use as a delicious topping on your weekend brunch treats! You’ll love how easy this this cider syrup is to make and how it elevates a plate of waffles or pancakes to the next level. This spiced apple cider syrup is also great for holiday gifting!


  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 2 cups Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Butter


  1. Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Stir well using a wire wisk, making sure any clumps of sugar are broken up and the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Add the apple cider, lemon juice, and vanilla extract to a medium sized heavy bottom saucepan. Stir to combine.
  4. Then, slowly whisk the sugar mixture into the apple cider mixture.
  5. Cook over medium heat until it reaches a rolling boil. Continue to boil for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the butter.
  7. Cool to room temperature, then place a funnel over a glass bottle with a sealable lid. Pour the apple cider syrup into the bottle.


Store refrigerated in an airtight container. Use within 1 week.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 25 Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving Calories 59Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 5mgSodium 16mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 10gProtein 0g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy. This provided information is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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