Apple Cider Gravy

Easy make ahead dripless apple cider gravy. A flavorful addition to all of your holiday meals!

Easy make ahead dripless apple cider gravy recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I always find it funny when childhood favorites come back in style and become popular again, whether it’s toys or clothes. My Little Pony’s to Cabbage Patch Dolls and so many other fun toys… if only I knew they’d become popular again, I could’ve saved mine! I half wish the temperature/color changing clothing would come back. I had one of those sweatshirts and it was kind of fun. I know my kids would get a kick out of that.

Of course in this case, it’s Where’s Waldo books. I still have mine from when I was little. They’re well loved and showing their age, torn pages and all. My kids love them. I was sure that there weren’t new ones… I should’ve known better. There are a bunch of new books! I feel like I need to get them all because it’s hours of fun… or torture, depending on how you look at it… trying to find a man in a sea of people and random scenes. I’m thinking the Santa Spectacular edition is a must buy, especially since Christmas is right around the corner.

Easy make ahead dripless apple cider gravy recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Gravy is an essential item at the Thanksgiving dinner table. I like to change things up and try new versions just for fun and let me tell you… this one is definitely fun and packed full of Fall flavor!

Not only is this a super quick and simple gravy, requiring not a drop of turkey drippings, but you can also very easily make this vegetarian by swapping out the chicken broth for vegetable broth!

Want to save even more time on the big day? Make this ahead and reheat just before meal time!

Easy and flavorful dripless apple cider gravy. A fun addition to Thanksgiving dinner!

Apple Cider Gravy

Easy make ahead dripless apple cider gravy. A flavorful addition to all of your holiday meals!
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thanksgiving
Servings: 2 cups


  • 1/4 C unsalted butter
  • 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 C chicken broth*
  • 1/2 C apple cider*
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. When butter is fully melted, whisk in flour until thickened. Slowly add broth and cider, whisking well to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a low boil, continuing to whisk until desired thickness is reached. 
  • Serve immediately or chill and reheat as needed. 
  • If making ahead, press plastic wrap to the surface of the gravy to prevent a skin from forming. Reheat in a saucepan or in the microwave, stirring to ensure an even temperature. 


*Vegetable broth may be used in place of chicken broth for a vegetarian option.
*If apple cider is not available, apple juice may be used instead.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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20 Responses to “Apple Cider Gravy”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — November 13, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Apple Cider Gravy….. COME ON!!! That’s brilliant! I love the extra flavor the apple gives to this. Perfect for my liking :) Go girl!

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      Rachel — November 14, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Thanks Taylor!

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    Kristen — November 13, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Oh do I remember cabbage patch dolls and my little ponies too. This gracy looks incredible. Great way to add flavor!

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      Rachel — November 14, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Thanks Kristen!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — November 13, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Looks delicious Rachel. We’re doing a kind of crazy thing this year. No turkey. I know. My brother had a really serious accident a few months ago, is in a wheelchair now, and we decided to cut down on stress and do some things a little different this year. We are however, having mashed potatoes and in need of a make-ahead gravy. Since we’re already going the non-traditional route, this gravy will be perfect! Anything with apple cider is a hit in my book.

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      Rachel — November 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

      I’m sorry to hear about your brother! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving together :)

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    Natasha @ Salt and Lavender — November 13, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Oh man what a good idea!! That looks fantastic. Pinned!

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      Rachel — November 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Natasha!

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — November 13, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Gravy is definitly my most favorite part of Thanksgiving!

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      Rachel — November 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

      It’s a must for sure!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — November 13, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Cabbage Patch dolls, My Little Pony, and Where’s Waldo, man I wish I still had all those things I used to love playing with them! This gravy is genius! The color is perfect, silky smooth and I’m dying over the added cider in it!

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      Rachel — November 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Thanks so much Danae!

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    Malinda @ Countryside Cravings — November 14, 2015 at 9:55 am

    This looks awesome! I always make the traditional gravy but I think things are going to have to change. I’m with ya I would have saved my things too if I would have known. Oh well I guess!!

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      Rachel — November 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Thanks Malinda!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Oh man I had sooooooo many My Little Ponies. Apple Jack was my favorite :) I only had 1 Cabbage Patch Doll but then my grandmother went and made me like 5 more. Plus she would sew all my clothes for them too. Love the look of this gravy. It looks packed full of fall flavor and I bet it would be perfect for smothering Thanksgiving turkey :)

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      Rachel — November 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

      My mom made a bunch of clothes for my dolls too!

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    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — November 15, 2015 at 1:12 am

    I LOVED Where’s Waldo when I was a kid! I recently learned from my husband (who’s British) that Waldo is called “Wally” in the UK!

    I’ve never tried adding apple cider to gravy before, but the flavor sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try it!

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      Rachel — November 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

      So funny he has a different name in the UK!

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    Joanna Harrold — November 14, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Rachel – This looks so great and I love how simple it is! One question – if I wanted to make this dairy free, what would you recommend to use instead of butter? Thanks!

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      Rachel — November 18, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      You could look into using a dairy free butter alternative or margarine. That would likely be your best bet for the same flavor and consistency.

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