It’s that time again. Time to celebrate the fall season! You’ll enjoy making this easy apple cider recipe that makes use of the fall’s most abundant fruit.
Be prepared for outstanding reviews from family and friends!
EASY APPLE CIDER RECIPE
When you make a homemade apple cider, you can control the sugar and spice content and make it just the way you like it.
It’s easier than you think and it’s perfect for a chilly day or when you need a festive beverage for entertaining.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER
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Making homemade apple cider does take some time, but the payoff is worth it. There’s no substitute for its fresh flavor and superior taste.
Plus your kitchen and home will smell amazing as it cooks and simmers!
You will need about a dozen apples for this recipe. But which variety should you use?
For a sweeter taste, try Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, or Fuji. For a more tart flavor, try McIntosh, Pink Lady, or Braeburn.
Wash your apples well and cut them into quarters. Use a large, deep stockpot and cover them with water, with least two inches of water above the apples.
Add one tablespoon of ground cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and half a cup of sugar.
You may add more sugar later but start with half a cup because depending on the variety of apples you’re using, you may not need as much sweetener.
Bring the apple mixture to a boil and cook, uncovered, for about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, turn it to a simmer, cover it, and cook for another 2 hours.
Stir it occasionally and taste it to see if you need to add more sugar or adjust your spices.
After 2 hours, remove it from the heat and allow the mixture to cool just a bit before moving forward.
Very carefully, pour the mixture through a strainer to remove the big apple chunks.
Now use a cheesecloth to strain it one more time to remove the remaining solids.
Congratulations! You’ve made your own homemade apple cider!
If you’re planning on keeping the cider for a few days, pour it into a glass container and store it in the fridge and serve as is.
It will keep, chilled, in the fridge for up to 2 days.
If you’re going to serve it warm, return it to the stove to heat it up again.
You can even make it into mulled cider by adding in 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 whole allspice berries, 2 whole cloves, and 1 thinly sliced orange.
Simmer it for about 20 minutes before pouring into mugs and serving.
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