Fall Recipe: Homemade Hot Apple Cider

October 1, 2019


Happy October! Oh my goodness... Is it really October? Fall is my favorite time of the year but since we don't get much of that here in LA, I have to "create" it by using pumpkin decorations, lighting candles, and cooking up some autumnal favorites. One of which is hot apple cider. Sure you can buy already-made apple cider at the store BUT homemade apple cider is incredibly easy to make and it tastes a thousand times better! Have I sold it to you yet? All you need are apples, an orange, some cinnamon sticks, cloves, sugar and water... and well, time. This recipe does require 6-7 hours of slow cooking time so make sure you do this in the morning and by the evening you'd be sipping some delicious hot apple cider.


- 10 apples (use a mix of honeycrisp, fuji, and granny smith)
- 1 orange
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tsp of cloves
- white sugar
- water

1. Rinse apples and cut them into quarters (don't worry about removing seeds/stems, you'll strain later). Put them into a dutch oven or a large pot.
2. Slice the orange, add to pot.
3. Place the 3 cinnamon sticks and 2 tsp of cloves into the pot.
4. Add about 1/2 cup of sugar (you can add more later if you want it to be sweeter).
5. Add cold water, just enough to cover the fruits.
6. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 5-6 hours.
7. After a few hours, the fruits should be soft. Mash them up and continue cooking for another hour.
8. Slowly strain everything through a mesh sieve into another pot or pitcher.
9. Serve the cider warm!

* Drink as it or spike it up with your favorite liquor such as bourbon or brandy!


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