in Alcoholic/Drinks, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
I love making easy recipes for any taste or diet. I’m so excited to share with you a homemade apple cider recipe that is simple and will make your house smell really, REALLY good.
Here in Phoenix, fall is always a wonderful relief from the summer heat. People get excited when the temperature drops and it’s a big topic of conversation. From “Below 100 this week!” to “Yes! Finally getting down to the 70s,” fall is full of fun.
For me, I also love fall foods. I have a ton of butternut squash recipes and I love apples. Fall beers are even my favorite seasonal beers. My favorite thing about fall, since I was a little kid, has been apple cider. What kid can resist coming in from playing in the crisp fall air and getting a warm glass of spiced apple cider? As I recently discovered, making it is easy and makes your house smell wonderful.
The scents of cinnamon and apples float through the hallways and remind me of being a kid in fall. Enjoy this recipe with your kids or take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about all your happy fall memories.
Homemade Apple Cider Recipe
Homemade apple cider with plenty of spices and flavor.
- 8-12 apples (over ripe is fine)
- 4 sticks cinnamon or 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2-1 cup brown sugar (start small, you can always add more at the end)
- 1-2 tsp allspice
- Pinch nutmeg
- water to fill pot until apples begin to float
- Rinse your apples well. Roughly chop them up. Seeds, stems, and skin are all fine because we will be straining later.
- Add the apples, cinnamon sticks, allspice, and nutmeg to a large pot. Add water until the apples are all floating.
- Simmer over low heat covered for 4 hours.
- During this time, begin to crush some of the apples whenever you walk by or think about it. This will help release some of their flavors.
- When the apples are all mushed up and everything smells wonderful, run this mixture through a fine sieve into a clean bowl.
- If you’d like to filter out more of the spices still, filter again through cheesecloth.
- Serve hot or allow to cool and store in a sealed container in the fridge.
- Enjoy your homemade apple cider.
Bonus tip: If you don't want to throw away your cinnamon sticks after using them for this recipe, simmer them in a small pot of water to make your house smell awesome.
Super bonus tip: Make raspberry apple cider by adding 1 cup of raspberries to your pot.