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How to Make Apple Cider

How to Make Apple Cider

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Learn how to make this Fall favorite drink right at home with a mix of apples and spices to serve all season long!

Nothing says fall better than a big glass of fresh-pressed, homemade apple cider.

With apple harvest season at its peak now is the best time of the year to enjoy this popular beverage. It is surprisingly easy to make at home and, of course, delicious. Here’s how to make fresh apple cider in your kitchen.

We enjoy Apple Cider all Fall long and it’s even a staple on our Thanksgiving table. 

How to Make Apple Cider

How to Make Apple Cider:

Pick your apples:

Grab about ten to twelve apples, wash them, and cut them into quarters. Put them into a large stockpot and add enough water to cover them with several inches of water on top.

Different apples will give you a different taste so don’t be afraid to mix and match the different varietals to give your side a unique flavor.

Red delicious and Macintosh are the most popular types of apples and have a standard sweetness. They are ideal for making up the bulk of your cider base.

If you like your cider a little on the sweeter side, add in a few golden delicious, which tend to have a crisper, sweeter last to them. Like their name implies, honeycrisp apples have a slight but noticeable honey aftertaste.

If you like a level of tartness to your cider try a few granny smiths into the mix. Experiment with different types until you find the mix that best suits your tastebuds.

Add your spices:

Add a cup of sugar, one tablespoon of ground cinnamon, one teaspoon of honey, and a pinch of salt and nutmeg to the boiling water.  You can add or subtract the amount of sugar based on your personal preferences. Use more if you’re using very tart apples, or less for sweeter varieties.

Boil the apples:

Bring the mixture to a rolling boil on medium-high heat and cook uncovered for 45 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for another two hours. Remove pot from heat to allow the mixture to cool slightly, making it safer to handle.

Separate liquid and solids:

Gently pour contents through a large colander from cooking pot to a carafe or other serving container to remove the big apple chunks. If you don’t like a lot of pulp in your cider, strain it again through cheesecloth to remove the remaining solids.

Choose your serving style:

Do you prefer your cider cold and smooth or warm and spicy? You may either chill it in the refrigerator to serve it as fresh, cold apple cider. Or maybe you’ll want your cider as one of my apple cider floats.

Since your fresh cider contains no preservatives you should consume it within three to four days, before potentially harmful bacteria can develop.

How to Make Mulled Cider:

If hot cider is more your style, you may also turn it into mulled cider. Pour the liquid into a saucepan with additional cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves to taste and simmer for about 20 minutes. Pour in a mug and garnish with an orange slice or cinnamon stick for a perfect hot drink on a chilly autumn day.

No matter how you like it, making apple cider at home can be a lot of fun and kickstart your fall.

How to Make Apple Cider
How to Make Apple Cider

How to Make Apple Cider

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

Learn how to make this Fall favorite drink right at home with a mix of apples and spices to serve all season long!


Ingredients

  • 10-12 apples of assorted varieties,
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Instructions

    1. Grab about ten to twelve apples, wash them, and cut them into quarters.
    2. Put them into a large stockpot and add enough water to cover them with several inches of water on top. 
    3. Add a cup of sugar, one tablespoon of ground cinnamon, one teaspoon of honey, and a pinch of salt and nutmeg to the boiling water.  You can add or subtract the amount of sugar based on your personal preferences. Use more if you’re using very tart apples, or less for sweeter varieties.
    4. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil on medium-high heat and cook uncovered for 45 minutes.
    5. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for another two hours.
    6. Remove pot from heat to allow the mixture to cool slightly, making it safer to handle. 
    7. Gently pour contents through a large colander from cooking pot to a carafe or other serving container to remove the big apple chunks.
    8. If you don’t like a lot of pulp in your cider, strain it again through cheesecloth to remove the remaining solids.

Notes

  • If hot cider is more your style, you may also turn it into mulled cider. Pour the liquid into a saucepan with additional cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves to taste and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Pour in a mug and garnish with an orange slice or cinnamon stick for a perfect hot drink on a chilly autumn day. 
  • You may either chill it in the refrigerator to serve it as fresh, cold apple cider.
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    Hali @daytodayMOMents

    Saturday 29th of October 2016

    I love apple cider but failed to look up how it's made so thanks for sharing! It would be so good with some added spices!

    Janis @MommyBlogExpert

    Saturday 29th of October 2016

    Apple cider is one of my favorite things about fall. Thanks for the step by step on how to make it homemade, I will have to try this.

    Toni | BoulderLocavore.com

    Saturday 29th of October 2016

    Our fall isn't complete without hot apple cider! Thank you so much for these tips!

    Liz Mays

    Friday 28th of October 2016

    I'm totally doing this for my family this year. I'm a huge fan of apple cider and I want to be able to find the perfect balance of spices.

    Tammi Roy

    Friday 28th of October 2016

    I have never made my own apple cider before. It is so delicious my family loves it. I will have to give this recipe a try.