Homemade hot apple cider using fresh and sweet honey crisp apples, juiced then simmered with cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange wedges and nutmeg.
All we need is a blazing fire, a cozy couch, slippers and a blanket. Who wouldn’t want to cosy-up with this naturally sweet and festive drink?
I used honey crisp apples, which I think are the sweetest and that way there is no need for added sugar because the cooking concentrates the flavor. It took about 8 pounds of apples for this recipe and juicing does take time, but it really is worth it. You can, of course use a good quality store-bought apple cider, like Litehouse 100% cold pressed apple cider that’s available in the produce department at this time of the year.
I made this cider as an accompaniment to a dessert I served when we had some family members over for dinner, the dessert you can see in the 1st picture at the top of the post it is the British classic, sticky toffee pudding. My husband chose to make his cider ‘grown-up by adding a touch of whiskey which is also an option and a very good one for up-coming holiday parties.
Homemade hot apple cider
- 8 pounds apples or 8 cups good apple juice * see note
- 5 sticks fresh cinnamon plus extra for garnish
- 2 whole oranges cut into slices or wedges
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 10 whole cloves
- Apple wedges for garnish
- Orange wedges for garnish
If using fresh, juice the apples.
Add the apple juice to a saucepan with cinnamon, oranges, nutmeg and cloves.
Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 1 hour.
Taste the cider. If it is too sweet add water, 1/4 cup at a time.
Serve warm with a slice of apple, orange and a cinnamon stick (you can add a touch of whiskey to make it grown-up).
Recipe Notes* If you don't have a juicer, you can use a really good store bought fresh apple juice.
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