Fall is here and apples are in season! This homemade apple cider recipe is simple and the outcome is beyond delicious. Your whole kitchen will smell so amazing! Apple picking is a fun activity and you can use any variety of apples with this recipe. I used a mix of Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Gala, and I think it adds a little depth to the flavor.
This would be the perfect thing to make at fall gatherings. It will put everyone in a festive and celebratory mood. The spices in this recipe are heavenly. The smell of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg is so reminiscent of fall festivals and activities we all hold dear. You can find other fun fall recipes here and here!
4 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon of cloves
1 teaspoon of whole allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 gallon of water
Core and quarter the apple.
Quarter the orange.
Place the apples in a large pot and cover them with water.
Add the orange and spices.
Over high heat bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce the mixture to a simmer.
Cover the pot and simmer for two hours.
Remove the oranges and cinnamon sticks.
With a potato masher, crush the apples.
Place a fine-mesh strainer in a large metal bowl.
In batches, pour the mixture through the strainer.
Use a spoon to press the juice from the apples.
Discard the crushed apples.
Pour the remaining cider into a carafe or pitcher.
Serve warm and enjoy!