Apple cider is one of my absolute favorite parts of fall. I’ll never forget drinking a fresh glass of apple cider at an orchard after a day of apple-picking back when I was in elementary school. It was such a special treat. It was not until just recently that I discovered how easy it is to make apple cider at home. It hardly requires any ingredients or work. All you need is a few hours of patience!
Ingredients & materials:
10 apples (I used fuji apples for a cider that would be naturally on the sweeter side — read our post on the benefits of apples to find out about some different types!)
½ cup sugar (You may want to add more if your apples are tart)
4 cinnamon sticks
Water (Enough to cover the apples in the pot)
Large stock pot
1. Quarter your apples and place them into your pot. Feel free to leave the skin and seeds in tact – this will not affect your outcome. Fill the pot with just enough water to cover the apples, then add in the sugar.
2. Wrap your cinnamon sticks in a doubled-up cheesecloth and tie. Then place into the pot. You could also add in any other spices of your choice – allspice, cloves, etc.
3. Boil uncovered on high for one hour, checking frequently.
4. Turn heat to low and let simmer for two hours, covered.
5. Remove from heat and let cool.
5. Discard spices and mash apples to a pulp.
6. Use a strainer to separate the juice from the pulp. Then place the pulp in a doubled-up cheesecloth and squeeze out the reminder of the juice.
7. If you’d like, you can carve out an apple and use it to serve your apple cider! It looks adorable with an extra cinnamon stick in there, as well.
This cider should stay good for about a week, if stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
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