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Homemade Apple Cider

posted on 4 November 2015 | posted in Funky Drinks



HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER

You'll love how this Homemade Apple Cider recipe mulling on the stove fills your house with the comforting aroma of apple, orange, cinnamon and cloves.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 medium apples, assorted types (I used mostly Gala, Granny Smith & Red Delicious)
  • 2 oranges
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. whole allspice (optional)
  • 1 gallon water (more or less)
  • 1/2 - 1 cup brown sugar (or your desired sweetener*)

DIRECTIONS:

Wash apples and the orange, and then roughly cut into quarters. (Don't worry about removing peels, seeds, or stems.) Place in a large stock pot. Add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Cover with water, filling the pot until it is nearly full. (I left about 2 inches of space at the top of my pot.) Bring to a simmer over high heat, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 2 hours.

Once the apples have softened after an hour or two, use a potato masher (or tongs or the side of a spoon) to mash the apple and orange slices once they are soft. Cook for one more hour.

Strain out the apple cider into a clean pitcher or pot. To get the maximum juice out of the apples, you can press them through a fine-mesh strainer or strain through a cheese cloth. Stir in your desired amount of sweetener until it is dissolved.

Serve hot.

You can also transfer the cider to a heat-safe sealed container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Just rewarm the cider to serve.

 
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