Homemade Apple Cider

One of my favorite things about fall is all of the apple-liciousness that comes with it.  I love it all, the decor, the colors changing on the trees, the crispness that creeps into the air, the promise of cooler days, snuggling under blankets at night, apple picking, and then, of course, cooking and baking with the apple bounty that comes with the picking.  Fall is my favorite season, for many reasons, but apples are a big part of why I love it so much. We actually have 2 apple trees in our yard- our house sits on what used to be an apple orchard, but only one original tree remains, the 2nd to last was lost after too many rough storms took down branches. We’re always looking for fun ways to use up our apples and enjoy them, and making homemade apple cider kind of seemed like a no brainer. My kids, especially my oldest, would drink cider every day all year long if allowed.

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Homemade Apple Cider

Ingredients:

12 assorted  small-medium apples
1 small orange
1 C brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2-3 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
water to cover

Directions: 

-Wash and chop whole apples and orange (no need to remove peels, seeds, or stems)
-Put all into a large pot. Add spices.
-Cover with water bringing to a boil. Continue to boil uncovered for 1 hour.
-Cover.  Simmer for 2 hours.
-Using a potato masher roughly mash all ingredients.
-Continue to simmer until cider is dark tasting sweet and spicy. Allow to cool.
-Strain everything into a large pot.
-Store in a refrigerator.

Recipe makes 1/2 gallon.

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Apple Cider Mocktail

Mocktail Ingredients:

4 oz of apple cider
4 oz of chilled ginger ale

Mocktail Directions: 

-Combine equal portions of apple cider and ginger ale. Stir well.
-Fill glasses with ice.
-Pour the drink mixture into each glass.

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Homemade Apple Cider
Author: Brett
Ingredients
  • 12 assorted small-medium apples
  • 1 small orange
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • water to cover
Instructions
  1. -Wash and chop whole apples and orange (no need to remove peels, seeds, or stems)
  2. -Put all into a large pot. Add spices.
  3. -Cover with water bringing to a boil. Continue to boil uncovered for 1 hour.
  4. -Cover. Simmer for 2 hours.
  5. -Using a potato masher roughly mash all ingredients.
  6. -Continue to simmer until cider is dark tasting sweet and spicy. Allow to cool.
  7. -Strain everything into a large pot.
  8. -Store in a refrigerator.
  9. Recipe makes 1/2 gallon.

 

About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

17 comments… add one
  • Oh your photos are great. I’d love to make some Cider. My Cowboy loves it.
    That’s a great collection of links thanks for sharing.
    I’d love for you to come over and share your post at The Fabulous Fall Party.
    It starts Sept 1. Come over and join the party!
    http://mychristmasjourney.blogspot.com/
    Hope to see you!

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  • You make it sound so easy! Thank you for sharing with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!

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  • Just wanted to stop by and let you know your recipe was voted most popular on Inspire Me Monday:) Congrats! Looks like the perfect fall drink, and I’ve wanted to make my own for a while now. 🙂

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  • We are moving to a new home that has several apple trees–looks like I have a recipe to add to my list of things to make with all of those apples!! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  • I totally want to make this now!! What a fun idea!!

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  • My boys love a good apple cider. We’ll have to make some soon.

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  • I haven’t ever made homemade cider for fruit before. I can’t wait to give this a try!

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  • Yum! That looks so good! My hubby loves Apple Cider. I will have to make this for him!

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  • I absolutely love apple cider. I’ve never tried making my own though. Yum!

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