Homemade Hot Apple Cider
Homemade Hot Apple Cider using fresh and sweet seasonal apples, are juiced and then simmered with cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange wedges and nutmeg for the ultimate warm, fall drink.
All we need is a blazing fire, a cozy couch, slippers and a blanket. Am I right? Who wouldn’t want to cosy-up with this naturally sweet, festive, easy apple cider drink?
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.
If hot drinks are not your thing, I have a Sparkling Apple Punch that is also just as delicious (pictured below).
Grown-up version: My husband chose to make his cider ‘grown-up’ by adding a touch of whiskey. This is a delicious option and a very good one for up-coming holiday parties. You can also add cognac like my Cognac Apple Cider recipe.
For juicing, I used delicious and sweet honey crisp apples. I think are the best apples of the season and it is because of their sweetness that there is no need for added sugar because the cooking concentrates the flavor.
You could also call this mulled apple cider because it’s cooked in the same way as mulled wine. Simmered in a pan with aromatics.
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, that are available in the produce department at this time of the year.
How to make hot apple cider: Add the apple juice to a saucepan with cinnamon, oranges, nutmeg and cloves. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 1 hour.
Make it in the crockpot/slow cooker: This apple cider can also be made in the slow cooker. This is a great option if you’re entertaining and want to have a big batch kept warm for people coming in out of the cold.
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