Best Apple Cider Recipe
Looking for a fun way to celebrate the fall season? Try whipping up a delicious batch of homemade apple cider to share with friends.
Homemade apple cider is the perfect way to warm up your belly on a chilly fall morning. If you have a juicer or blender, this recipe is a cinch to make in your own kitchen.
Homemade Apple Cider Recipe
Makes 2 quarts
- 20 medium apples
- 4 Cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- Juicer or blender
- Large cooking pot
- Nutmilk bag
- Cheesecloth or tea strainer
- Crock pot
- The key to making sweet homemade apple cider is picking the right apples. It’s fine to use a mix of different types, just make sure that all the apples you use are sweet varieties like Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Fuji, Gala, Sonya, Cameo or Jonagold.
- Wash and dry all your apples thoroughly.
- If you are using your juicer to make the apple cider, you may not need to do any more prep at all. Some juicers have a large feed shoot, so simply begin feeding the clean apples into the shoot and capturing the juice. (if you have a juicer with a smaller feed shoot, chop the apples to the correct size before feeding the fruit into your juicer.)
- If you are using your blender to make the apple juice, chop and core the apples first. Then place a large cooking pot with about 4 inches of water on the stove to boil. Add your chopped apples and cover with a tight fitting lid. Cook until the apples are soft to the touch.
- Pour the cooked apples into the blender in batches and blend on high. Strain the mixture through a nutmilk bag to remove the pulp.
- Pour your freshly made apple cider into your crock pot. Tie up your whole allspice and cloves in a piece of cheesecloth or tea strainer. Add the allspice, cloves and cinnamon sticks to the crock pot to simmer. The spices will flavor the cider without leaving a grainy residue. Cook on high for a couple of hours until your cider is deliciously mulled. Pull out your favorite mugs and serve hot.
- For a fun fall garnish, use fresh cinnamon sticks as straws!