Homemade Apple Cider by miunaluna
Recently, I went apple picking at a local farm so I had a ton of apples in my house. One thing I love during the fall but I never have often is hot apple cider. It’s flavors are the embodiment of autumn and it warms you from the inside out. I figured since I had so many apples, I would try to make something new with them, so I made apple cider at home from scratch!
What you will need:
8-10 apples (you can do all the same apple or you can do a mix of different types!)
Sugar - about 1 cup (I also added approximately 2 tablespoons of brown sugar but you don’t have to~)
Cinnamon - 4 whole cinnamon sticks (I also added in 1-2 tablespoons of powder cinnamon. The powdered cinnamon isn’t necessary but add as you like to your personal taste!)
Allspice - 3-4 tablespoons
Other spices - I’m a little extra so I added in a sprinkle of ginger, 2 teaspoons of cloves, and I had apple pie spice lying around so I used some of that too. It all depends on what flavors you like and how intense you want them to be!
Take your apples and give them a good rinse. You don’t have to remove the core/seeds/peels but I would recommend doing so, especially if you don’t own cheesecloth like me. (see step 9)
Cut your apples into quarters and put them in a stock pot.
Fill the pot with water, but not to the top! Just enough that the water covers all the apples in the pot. This recipe should yield about half a gallon of apple cider.
Add in your sugar and your spices!
Boil everything on high with the stock pot uncovered for an hour. Remember to check on the pot often!
After the first hour is up, cover the pot and lower the heat. Let it simmer for 2 more hours.
When the 2 hours are up, you can turn the stove off and remove the pot from the heat so it can cool.
Take out the cinnamon sticks, because now you are going to mash those apples! (I used a potato masher, but the apples are suuuuuper soft and they’re basically apple sauce at this point so you could probably even mash them with a large spoon.)
Get a strainer and a large bowl/ container and drain your apple mixer! Now, if you have cheesecloth, you can just put the rest of the apple saucey pulp into it and squeeze out the remainder of the juice. However, I don’t own cheesecloth so I just took a spoon and went to town on the pulp through the strainer. Just be careful you don’t get clumps in your cider!
Put your cider in a pitcher or some form of a large sealable container. You can keep the cider refrigerated for 7 -10 days!
I hope this was helpful and I hope you have fun making your own cider! I had fun and it ended up being really good! It’s the perfect thing for a cold morning. Just lay back with a book, or listen to your favorite music, heat yourself up a nice cup of hot apple cider, and enjoy your chilly autumn day!
Thanks to miunaluna for this fantastic recipe!