The weather on our end has dipped below 0 today! This is certainly a day to stay inside, play games by the fireplace, and sip on some homemade Apple Cider. Apple cider is comforting, cozy, and everything special about the winter season all served up in a cup. It’s been one of my favorite drinks since childhood, and now that Bea and Tilly love it as much as I do, it was the ideal post to start off the New Year. When making the cider, I went ahead and made my first full video to go along with this blog post. It’s a New Year, after all, so I’m ready to take this blog to a new level!
Let’s get this Apple cider cooking!
You will start off with 8 large Honey crisp Apples quartered, a blend of mulling spices, a rosemary sprig for extra flavor, brown sugar, and water. That’s it, those are all the ingredients you need to make homemade Apple Cider!
You will want to start this Apple Cider recipe early in the morning since it needs hours to slow cook. It will fill your home with the warmth and deliciousness of all the spices and apples.
You will fill your slow cooker with the apples, spices, and rosemary. Then pour in about 8 cups of filtered water until the apples are covered. This will cook for 4 hours.
While this is cooking relax away to the scent of apples, spices, and pure comfort filling your home.
Mash it up!
After 4 hours your apples will be soft and ready to be mashed. Then the Apple Cider mixture will cook for another hour.
As you can see from the video, I used a masher with a very long handle. You will want to use one with a long handle since this is a very hot mixture and a hot pot.
Get a big bowl ready with a strainer. Take a spoon or measuring cup and begin scooping out the contents. Smash down the apples to get all of the liquid out. Take time to throw away the mushed apples and the leftover spices from the strainer to make room for new scoops.
After it is entirely strained out and in the big bowl, you will restrain all of that liquid back into the slow cooker.
Sweetening the Pot
This is where you make a decision! If you choose to sweeten the Apple Cider then you will now add your optional brown sugar. Think about how sweet you like your Apple cider. In fact, according to Wikepedia, true apple cider is considered unsweetened. You can start with 2 tablespoons and work your way up from there. The average amount of sugar is 1/4 cup for a less sweetened cider and will go up to 1/2 cup for a very sweet cider.
Allow this Apple Cider to cook for another hour. Then comes the time to use your strainer once more to get all of the leftover sediment out as you pour all of the cider into a jug.
Enjoy this Apple Cider warm or cold!
Apple Cider Recipe
- 8 Honey crisp apples cored and quartered.
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 Rosemary Sprig
- 3 Cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- pinch of ground cardamom or 1/4 teaspoon whole cardamom pods
- 8 cups of filtered water (enough water to cover the apples once in pot)
- 1/4/-1/2 cup of brown sugar
- Wash then core and quarter your apples. Sprinkle the apples with lemon juice.
- In a slow cooker, add your apples, and all of the other ingredients except for the brown sugar.
- Cook for 4 hours.
- Then mash up the apples.
- Cook another hour.
- Using a big spoon or a measuring cup, scoop contents into a mesh strainer that is set over a big bowl. Get all of the liquid by squashing up the apples even more with your spoon. Remember to throw out the mushed up apples and spices periodically.
- Restrain the liquid back into the slow cooker.
- Add your brown sugar.
- Cook another hour.
- Give it a final strain as your pour into a jug to remove the sediment.
- Enjoy warm or cold.
Add a splash of bourbon, rum, or whiskey to the adult mugs for an extra kick! For the kids, put a dollop of freshly whipped cream and a cinnamon stick to make these even more festive and fun.
And check out Cozy & Comforting Cold Weather Cocktails For All 12 Days of Christmas for the best warm weather drinks with an alcoholic kick!
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