Welcoming Fall with Apple Cider
Welcoming Fall with Homemade Apple Cider
I moved back to the home I grew up in a few months ago to spend more time with family (and save some money) as I apply to medical schools and prepare for the next chapter of my life to begin. Autumn, my favorite season, is finally here, and I vowed to celebrate it as best as I can down here in humid South Florida.
While I am dying to live somewhere up north where I can drive to the nearby apple orchard, pick my own apples and admire the changing hues of the leaves on the trees, I gotta make do with what I got right now. I made a rendezvous to Trader Joe’s and picked up some apples because I saw an awesome apple cider recipe that didn’t seem too difficult to follow.
Here is the link to the recipe: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/homemade-apple-cider/
I cut the recipe in half and it made about 1.5 liters of the good stuff.
Throw the fruit into a medium-sized stock pot. Add in one cinnamon stick, one nutmeg, a couple of shakes of ground allspice (to taste) and a handful of Star Anise (no cloves) for a more floral flavor profile. You can add what you like.
Add water to cover all of the fruit and brought the pot to a boil. Instead of brown sugar, I drizzled in some honey, but the apples are naturally sweet so you can omit the sweetener if it suits you.
Reduce the heat to medium so that the ingredients could simmer for about 4 hours, or until the apples and the orange break down. This is the part that makes your house smell so good! I used a wooden spoon to start mashing the fruit. You want to extract as much of the liquid (and flavor) from the fruit as possible during the straining process, and mashing the fruit helps with this.
Turn off the heat and let the cider mixture cool to room temperature before straining the mixture and transferring it to a pitcher. We wanted the cider chilled (because it’s so hot outside), so we refrigerated it for a few hours before we drank it, but you could certainly drink it hot.
That’s it! The recipe was super easy to follow and the cider was a delicious hit. We are probably going to make another batch as Thanksgiving approaches. Comment below and tell us what you think!
|Prep time||30 minutes|
|Cook time||4 hours|
|Total time||4 hours, 30 minutes|
|Dietary||Gluten Free, Vegan|
|Misc||Serve Cold, Serve Hot|
|Website||Gimme Some Oven|
- 5 Gala Apples (Cored and quartered)
- 1 Orange (Quartered)
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 1 Whole Nutmeg
- sprinkle Ground Allspice (To Taste)
- handful Star Anise (To Taste)
- drizzle Honey
- Water (To cover the fruit)
|Core and quarter the apples, quarter the orange and add to the stock pot.|
|Add in one whole cinnamon stick, one whole nutmeg, a sprinkling of ground allspice and a handful of star anise.|
|Add water to cover the fruit and bring to a boil. Drizzle in the honey.|
|Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow the fruit to cook for four hours.|
|Using a wooden spoon, mash the fruit until it becomes a pulpy liquid, and let the mixture simmer for another half hour.|
|Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then strain and transfer to a pitcher or any other serving container. Enjoy hot or cold!|