Nothing says fall like a warm mug of apple cider. I tried making it from scratch for the first time recently, and found the result to be really tasty, though I’m not 100% sure it’s that much better than just buying some high quality stuff from the grocery store. But it’s easy enough to make, so give it a try for yourself!
Spiced Apple Cider
10-12 apples (I used a 2:1 mix of granny smith and pink lady apples), stems trimmed and quartered
1 orange, quartered
3 Cinnamon sticks
1 Tbsp Cloves
1 tsp Star Anise
1 whole Nutmeg
1 inch Ginger
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
12 cups Water
- Combine all ingredients in large pot and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours.
- Mash apples and oranges with a potato masher or wooden spoon. Return to simmer and cover, cooking for 1 hour more.
- Strain mixture through fine mesh sieve and return to pot, pushing all liquid from solids. This will smell like cider, but will not taste like cider yet. Don’t be discouraged. Return to a simmer with the lid off and continue to cook down until it reaches the thickness and flavor you want, about another 30 minutes. If you overcook it and it gets too thick, add water to thin it out to a drinkable consistency.