Homemade Apple Cider
This homemade apple cider recipe takes some time but it is so delicious and easy. The sweetness comes as a surprise from all the delicious apples and has little added sugar for the amount it makes. This is a new Holiday / cold weather tradition for us – we drank it virgin but it was also good warm or cold with a little whiskey.
For sweeter ciders use Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, or Golden Delicious. For tarter ciders, try Jonathan, Braeburn, Cameo, or Grannysmith. Even better, you can puree the solids after straining and have applesauce, which freezes very well and makes great holiday gifts because you will have a lot.
- Prep Time: 10 Minutes
- Cook Time: 3 Hours
- Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 1/2 gallon
- Category: Drink
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: International
- 5 large (~ 2 1/2 pounds) apples, cored & cut in 6-8 slices
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Core and slice the apples (leave peel on) and place in large pot and cover with water by 3 inches. Bring to a boil (covered) and add sugar, cinnamon sticks, and pumpkin pie spice. Uncover and cook 1 hour (this gives it time to reduce a bit). Cover and cook an additional 2 hours.
- Strain solids with a fine mesh strainer and remove cinnamon sticks (save the solids to make applesauce if you like). Restrain if needed. Enjoy a glass of cider and warm up! Happy drinking! Beckie
Things In My Kitchen:
- Apple Corer – This definitely comes in handy when you’re dealing with a lot of apples.
- Fine Mesh Strainer – set of three, affordable, stackable.
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Keywords: Homemade, Apple Cider, Drinks, Holidays, Holiday Drinks, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Fruit