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‘Tis the season for apple cider! Fall is here and the best way to embrace fall is with apple cider. This delicious homemade apple cider is guaranteed to be hit at your next get together. The first time I made this I brought it to my family lunch for the official taste test and everyone loved it!
This recipe is simple and it makes your home smell absolutely amazing. So if you just bought a bunch of apples from the farmers market or if you are fortunate enough to have an apple tree in your yard this is the perfect thing to make with them. My pap has a very productive apple tree and we spent several weeks picking apples. I still have two gallons of frozen apples in my freezer and I’ve made several batches of apple cider!
Now the first time I made this I evaporated all the water and burnt the apples in the bottom of my pan – eek! But I didn’t let that get me down. I made another batch and it was amazing! So let’s get started.
First you will need about 20 apples.
The first batch I made I used only ten apples and it only made about 1.5 quarts.
The apples need to be pealed, cored, and sliced and put into a pot of water. I would recommend about a gallon of water for 20 apples. Some water will evaporate and I had the perfect amount to fill a 3 quart jug.
Next we add the spices:
2 tablespoons all spice
2 tablespoons cinnamon (or you can use cinnamon sticks)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
I don’t measure out the lemon juice. I just eye ball it. Also, if you aren’t a fan of super sweet cider I would suggest using just one cup of sugar because 1 1/2 cups makes it very sweet. My family loves sweets so we really enjoyed it.
Bring the pot to a boil and let it boil for one hour. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for two hours (this is where I burned my first batch – I didn’t turn the heat down enough). Strain the apples and/or cinnamon sticks out after and possibly through a cheese cloth after that. I didn’t use a cheese cloth to strain mine and I didn’t have any chunks or “floaties.”
Once you are finished straining you can enjoy this right off the stove of you can put it in a jug and refrigerate it for later.
I hope you enjoy my recipe for homemade apple cider! Let me know what you think or have any questions.