Celebrate the fall season with your own homemade apple cider. Apple cider is perfect for a chilly day or when you need a festive beverage for entertaining.
The best thing about making your own apple cider is that you can control the sweetness and the amount of sugar that goes into the apple cider recipe. While making apple cider may seem like it can be tricky, it is easier than you think.
Making homemade apple cider does take some time, but the payoff is worth it. There is nothing better than the fresh flavor of homemade apple cider.
Plus your kitchen and home will smell amazing as it cooks and simmers!
Make Homemade Apple Cider Recipe
- About a dozen apples (see below for apple recommendations)
- 1 tbs ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 c. sugar (more to taste depending on what kind of apples you use)
Choose your apples – you’ll need about a dozen. Which variety should you use? For a sweeter taste, try Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, or Fuji. If you are looking for a more tart flavor, try McIntosh, Pink Lady or Braeburn.
Wash your apples well and cut them into quarters. Use a large, deep stockpot and cover them with water, with least two inches of water above the apples.
Apple Cider Process
Add one tablespoon of ground cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and half a cup of sugar. You may want to add more sugar later but start with half a cup. (Depending on the variety of apples you’re using, you may not need as much sweetener.)
Bring the apple mixture to a boil and cook, uncovered, for about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, turn it to a simmer, cover it, and cook for another 2 hours.
Stir it occasionally and taste it to see if you need to add more sugar. After 2 hours, remove it from the heat and allow the mixture to cool off before moving forward.
Carefully pour the mixture through a strainer to remove the chunks of apple. Now use a cheesecloth to strain it one more time to remove the remaining apple pieces.
Congratulations! You’ve made your own homemade apple cider!
How To Store Your Apple Cider
If you’re planning on keeping the cider for a few days, pour it into a glass container and store it in the fridge. It will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.
If you’re going to serve it warm, return it to the stove to heat it up again.
Make Homemade Mulled Apple Cider
Your homemade apple cider can be turned into a delicious mulled apple cider. Here is how you make homemade mulled apple cider.
- Add in 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 whole allspice berries, 2 whole cloves, and 1 thinly sliced orange.
- Simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
Making your own homemade apple cider may seem a little intimidating at first, but it is actually really easy.
You’ll enjoy making this tasty drink that includes your favorite fall fruits. Be prepared for rave reviews from family and friends too!
Check out this Pinterest drink board for more of our favorite fall drink recipes.