Homemade Hot Apple Cider, wonderful seasonal drink that is incredibly easy to make and perfect to enjoy in the cooler weather. There is no sugar added in this drink and made with only three ingredients.
Last week, we got teased with some cooler weather here. It was beautiful few days with mid 70s temperatures. (Yes, in FL that is considered cooler weather.) Of course, I took full advantage of it. I immediately made one of my favorite Fall drinks – hot apple cider!
I’ve been so jealous going through my Instagram feed lately, seeing all the beautiful photos of apple picking and gorgeous apple harvest. I wish that I could take a drive up to north-east just to go apple picking but I’ll have to settle for store bought. I don’t mind it too much because apples at the grocery store have been delightful.
If you are swimming in apples, Hot Apple Cider is a wonderful way to use up your loot. I just love this simple drink so much. I don’t think that it’s possible to get tired of it. You can drink it in so many different ways. (One of the ideas I will show you later this week.) It’s great hot or cold. You can mix it into different cocktails and even add it to recipes. You can also make it a little different every time just by adding different spices, like fresh anise or whole nutmeg. Either way you drink it, you will enjoy it!
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Homemade Apple Cider
- 2 lbs Gala apple or other apples of your choice
- 6 cups of water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- -You will need some cheese cloth for best results
- About 2 feet, folded once
- Cut apples in large chunks and place them in a large pot. Don't peel or core the apples.
- Add water and cinnamon stick.
- Bring mixture to boil and turn the heat down to medium-low. Cover and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
- Mash apples with a potato masher. Cool until easy to handle.
- Cut folded cheese cloth in half and place it over a large strainer. Pour half the mixture in slowly. Bring edges of the cheese cloth together and squeeze as much liquid out as possible. Discard the cheese cloth with apple leftovers and repeat with remaining cider and the other half of the cheese cloth.
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