Monday, October 3, 2011

Old Fashioned Apple Cider

It's Autumn and nothing says Autumn like apple cider....  I found this recipe for a delicious old fashioned apple cider.... Very easy to do & the house will smell amazing!!

12 or so small/medium apples ~ I used 6 Gala & 6 Cortlands
1 small Orange
1/2 C - 1C brown sugar
3-4 Cinnamon sticks
1 whole nutmeg
1T whole cloves
water to cover

**Wash & roughly chop apples & orange ( no need to peel, seed or stem)
Toss into a large stock pot (use a big one -- you get more cider that way)
Add sugar (I started with 1/2C)
Add spices & cover with water


Bring to a boil & boil uncovered 1 hour ~ then reduce the heat, cover & simmer for 2 hours *do not stir while simmering*

When done uncover & using a potato masher roughly mash the contents
*To further reduce you can leave simmering until cider is dark & tastes sweet & spicy

When cider is cooled completely strain apples & spices into a clear pitcher or pot *you could also strain further by putting apples into a piece of cheesecloth & just squeeze out juice*

Serve hot for the best apple cider ever!



2 comments:

  1. Going to have to try this since it's getting cooler :)

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