Now that Fall is finally here, I decided to make my family a big pot of apple cider. It was hard waiting for it to be finished because I hadn’t had any in a couple of years. Last time I made it I used bottled apple juice because I was being lazy and didn’t feel like quartering apples.While it was good that way, I definitely prefer how I made it this time using actual apples and no bottled juice.
I have seen many recipes of apple cider that include oranges. While I have tried it that way I’m honestly not a fan of it. The orange made it a little bitter tasting. But that could be because I left the peel on. I’ve also tried it with lemons but I didn’t care for that either. So for me it’s strictly apples simmered with spices. I love it this way with just the pure flavor of the apples coming through. You can use any kind of apple you want. I used a variety of red apples I can’t remember the names though as I was just grabbing random red ones from the bins.
Making apple cider is incredibly easy. It is a simple process and yet the end result is so rewarding. It does take about 5 hours to make, but the majority of this time is hands off. This is a wonderful drink to make for guests because not only does it taste delicious but it smells amazing while simmering! So your guests will be pleasantly surprised when they walk in your door.
After you strain the cider and taste it, you will find that it is naturally sweet. I do like mine a little sweeter though so I added 1/2 cup of brown sugar to mine. You can add more or less depending on how sweet you want yours. I think it is best served warm but you can also serve it cold.