Apple cider might just be my favorite way to kick off fall! What’s better than curling up with book on the first cold Sunday of the season with a piping hot mug of cider? If stays warm in your neck of the woods, an iced cup will do too!
Here is my absolute favorite non-alcoholic cider recipe, along with some tips I picked up while trying it out. I hope that you will enjoy this beverage as much as me! And if you plan on sharing it with guests, these entertaining items are perfect!
½-1 cup sugar
4 tbsp cinnamon or 4 cinnamon sticks
4 tbsp allspice
Large stockpot with lid
1. Quarter the apples. There’s no need to remove the peel or seeds.
2. Place apples in a large stock pot and fill the pot with just enough water to cover the apples.
3. Add the sugar.
4. Wrap the cinnamon and allspice in a doubled up cheese cloth, tie together and add to the stockpot
5. Bring the water and apple mixture to a boil and keep it boiling uncovered for 1 hour. Be sure to check frequently so it doesn’t over boil.
6. Turn down the heat, cover the pot and let it simmer for two hours.
7. After two hours, take the pot off the heat and let it cool.
8. Remove the spices and mash up the apples to a pulp like consistency with a potato masher or similar tool.
9. Once the mixture is cool, pour into a strainer over a large bowl. Be sure to place the apple pulp into the doubled up cheese cloth and squeeze to get the more concentrated juice!
10. At this point, you can either restrain the juice to remove the little bits of pulp that remain or you can leave them as is.
11. Store the cider in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for later use.
12. Cider can be reheated either on the stove or in the microwave.
Don’t be intimidated by the number of steps, this cider is worth the effort and it’s mostly hands off!
Don’t forget to jazz up the cider with special toppings like whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon or with marshmallows.
You can also add your own variations to the basic recipe:
– Add one whole orange at the beginning of the recipe (again, no need to peel or seed!)
– Add 2 tbsp molasses or brown sugar for more sweetness
– Add 1 tsp ground nutmeg and/or 1 tbsp whole cloves for more spice