It’s that apple-picking time of year here in Virginia. Every year, our family makes a batch of spiced apple cider using our hand-picked apples. What’s better than sipping deliciously fragrant cider while sitting by the fireside?
Read on for our recipe.
Homemade Spiced Apple Cider
10 apples (we prefer Gala or Fuji apples)
¾ cup of white sugar
¼ cup of brown sugar
5 cinnamon sticks
4 tablespoons of whole allspice
1 teaspoon of cloves
1 large quartered and peeled orange
1 pinch of nutmeg
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
Begin by washing the apples and slicing. Add the apples to a pot and fill with water to cover apples. Add the white sugar, brown sugar and salt to the pot.
Wrap the cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, cloves, nutmeg, sea salt and orange quarters in a cheesecloth. Tie the cheesecloth and add to pot.
Bring pot and contents to boil. Boil on high for one hour. Leave pot uncovered (the kitchen will smell wonderful!).
Lower heat and simmer for about two hours. After two hours, allow cider to cool and remove spice pouch.
Using a blender or potato masher, blend or mash apples until smooth.
Strain the mixture to separate the pulp and the liquid, first using a strainer and then a cheesecloth.
We like to serve ours in copper mules with a stick of cinnamon.
Note: For a simpler recipe, use pre-made apple cider. Heat apple cider on stove and add spice pouch with cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, cloves, nutmeg, sea salt and orange quarters. Simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool and serve with cinnamon sticks.