Another fall recipe, wow this season is giving me ideas. I recently found out many of my friends don’t like apple cider because all they have ever tried is the hard kind, and I only found out about that kind a few years ago. So this is just what the title says: fruit juice, spice and sugar. This is a good old fashion, seasonal drink so its pretty rustic right?
- 8 -10 apples (you might wanna look online so you can have a balance of sweet, tart, and bitter flavors. Its you choice, but advice: use some sweet apples so you don’t have to add too much sugar though)
- 1⁄2-1 cup sugar (depends on the kinds of apples you used and how sweet you want it, do some taste tests)
- 4 tablespoons cinnamon (or 4 cinnamon sticks)
- 4 tablespoons allspice
- Quarter your apples (you do not need to remove the peel or seeds).
- In a large stock pot add your apples and fill with water–just enough to cover the apples.
- Add your sugar. Be careful, if you don’t want it too sweet you might wanna leave this step till #11, once you add that sweeter you can’t take it out.
- Wrap your cinnamon and allspice in a doubled up cheese cloth (if you don’t own one you could use a paper coffee filter) and tie, and add this to the apples and water.
- Boil on high for one hour, uncovered, checking on it frequently.
- Turn down heat and let simmer for two hours, covered.
- Take off the heat after two hours of simmering and let cool.
- Remove spices and mash up the apples to a pulp like consistency (a potato masher works well for this).
- Once cool pour into a strainer over a large bowl. When most of the juice has drained away, put the remainder of the pulp into a doubled up cheese cloth (if you don’t own one hopefully you own a strainer, sadly this might take longer for you because you can’t squeeze a strainer, just let it drip and maybe apply pressure with the back of a spoon to help) and squeeze over the bowl until no more juice comes out.
- Here’s the thing, if you have been using a cheese cloth you will have pulp I your cider, but if you where using a strainer, not so much. If you don’t like pulp and you used a cheesecloth pass the liquid through a strainer to help catch what the cheesecloth didn’t, if you where using the strainer I guess you could pass it through again.
- Taste your cider, now if you don’t like how sweet it is you can add more sugar.
- Drink warm, so heat it up again after its done or save it and heat it up later.
recipe originally from www.food.com