Fall is a beautiful time of year. Leaves change color. The days get shorter and colder. People start to bundle up. A seasonal favorite is homemade apple cider. If you’re looking for something to keep you warm and cozy, this simple recipe is exactly what you need.
Yields: 2 quarts
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 3 hours 20 minutes
10 large apples (quartered)
1/2 orange (peeled and quartered)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1 tsp cloves
½ cup brown sugar
Garnish: Cinnamon stick, star anise & apple slices
1. Place apples & orange in a large stockpot. Add enough water to cover by at least 2 inches. Stir in sugar and spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
2. Remove orange and then mash apples. Simmer uncovered for another hour.
3. Strain through a mesh strainer, pressing solids to squeeze out juice. Discard solids.
4. Pour into cocktail glass and serve. Garnish with cinnamon stick, star anise and apple slice.
Whether you like your cider hot, cold, spiked or spiced – enjoy!