Homemade Apple Cider


Posted: October 25

Time: 3 hours

Yield: 12 servings

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The great debate: what's better about fall—pumpkin everything or apple cider everything? There are merits to both arguments, but the crisp, vibrant, woodsy spices and tart sweetness of apple cider certainly offer a classic autumnal taste. However, Homemade Apple Cider might just close the book on this dilemma: it's warm, delightfully spiced, and fantastically fruity! It's perfect for enjoying around the fire or while bundled up on the couch. You'll fall head over heels for it!


Ingredients

• 10 large apples, quartered • 1 orange, halved • 4 cinnamon sticks • 1 teaspoon cloves • 1 teaspoon whole allspice • 1 whole nutmeg • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar • cinnamon sticks, optional, for garnish

Directions

Step 1

In a large stockpot over medium heat, add the apples, orange halves, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

Step 2

Cover with water by at least 2 inches. Bring the whole mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat.

Step 3

Simmer, covered, for 2 hours.

Step 4

Remove the orange halves, then use a potato masher or wooden spoon to mash the apples.

Step 5

Return the mixture to a simmer and let it simmer uncovered for 1 hour more.

Step 6

Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing on solids with a wooden spoon to squeeze all juices out. Discard the solids.

Step 7

Serve warm with a cinnamon stick, if desired.


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