homemade apple cider

Holiday season is upon us. It's my favorite time of the year... it's party central. I love the crisp air, the smell of fire places burning & the warm feeling of being at home cooking... it's like a constant state of nostalgia from childhood memories. Apple cider is one of those drinks that literally & figuratively makes me feel so warm inside. I can't help but think of my mom and I cuddled up on the couch drinking it while watching a movie. At the same time, hard apple cider it's the perfect drink to make for a Holiday party with some spiced rum. It's a total crowd pleaser, good for the kids and the adults!

This recipe is SO easy, amazingly tasteful & the perfect addition to your holiday recipe list.

homemade apple cider

In a large pot add the following:

12 cups of water
12  roughly chopped apples, don't worry about removing the skin, stems or seeds - I used 8 gala apples, 2 granny smith & two red delicious - but you can mix it up however you want.
2 oranges - remove the orange rind but don't worry about the seeds
3 cinnamon sticks
1 whole nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon of whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon of allspice

Let this mixture come to boil, cover and then let it simmer for two hours. After 1 hour take a potato masher & press down on the fruits to soften them up. Try not the mash them entirely or else the last step will be a bit harder.

homemade hard apple cider

I also don't add sugar but if you want it sweeter, I suggest adding it at the end after you taste it. Instead of strait sugar I would recommend coconut nectar or honey.

When the mixture is finished cooking, take a fine mesh strainer and separate the fruits from the juice.

This is best served hot but can be had cold too! You can keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Apple cider is amazing on it's own as a little dessert drink but if you are feeling frisky, you can add one shot of spiced rum, I prefer Sailor Jerry, and turn it into hard apple cider.

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