October is my favorite month. I have bust out all my cinnamon candles, and am baking weekly with apples and pumpkins! I love this time of year!! As I mentioned earlier this week I was lucky enough to score a whole bunch of free apples from work this week, AWESOME right?! Well they were all about to go bad so I had to find ways to use them all, and fast. I have made apple pie bars, apple biscuits, and then my favorite, apple cider.
There are those recipes that you just want to share with friends, and this is one of them. I instantly was wishing I had invited someone over for the afternoon to curl up on the couch with me and drink a teacup full of this goodness. And it was storming outside, which made the whole process of making the cider that much more cozy.
This time of year all the grocery stores start marketing large jugs of apple cider. This stuff is yummy, but let me tell you, as is often the case, the homemade version is sooo much more yummy! (and your house will smell like the perfect combo of autumn and an apple orchard while you make this!)
This recipe is simple, and really fool proof. You just throw everything in a pot, and walk away while something magical happens. And you guys, this stuff is seriously amazing. I have had two cups (no lie) while I have been editing pictures and writing this post. It is just sooo good.
What you need:
10-12 apples (I used a combo of granny smith, red delicious, and gala) chopped roughly in quarters
1 large orange, chopped roughly in eighths
4-6 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole allspice
1 table spoon whole cloves (or about a tablespoon ground)
1 whole nutmeg (or a tsp ground)
1/2 cup brown sugar
large stock pot
Place apples, orange, and all spices in the pot. Add sugar. Cover with water. I left about an inch and a half at the top of the pot.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, covered, for one hour. Then uncover and allow to simmer and reduce for 2 more hours.
Using a fine mesh strainer, strain mixture into a large pitcher or container. Serve immediately, or allow to cool to room temp and refrigerate for up to 2-3 weeks.
It is that simple. And so worth the time and effort. This recipe makes about 3 quarts of cider! So you really get a lot of reward for the time invested. And I promise your friends will be so thankful for such a warming and comforting drink when they come into your home!
Tune in tomorrow for my story behind why I began baking bread and what it means to me!