11.17.2013

In the Kitchen: Homemade Spiced Apple Cider

Almost every single leaf has fallen off the trees, a rain storm was rolling in, and I was in the mood for wrapping up in a blanket to watch a holiday movie. The only thing missing? A tummy-warming drink.
I made this the hard way, but since I don't own a cheese cloth, I figured I needed to help the cider out by coring and peeling the apples.

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Recipe
10 apples
5 tablespoons of water
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of allspice
1/4 cup brown sugar (or as much as you like)

Process
1. Wash, peel and chop up the apples. Throw away the core and seeds, getting as much apple as you can.
2. Put the chopped apple in a food processor and add the water (I did mine in shifts so i added one Tablespoon per 2 apples). Blend until the apples look similar to apple sauce (about 30 seconds.
3. Pour the apple pulp into a strainer and press the juice out as much as possible.
4. Transfer the juice to a pot, add the remaining ingredients, and heat on medium.
5. Once the juice starts to boil, your cider is ready to enjoy!

*note: when I cook/bake, I add a little here and a little there. I don't like to play by the rules, so this recipe is more of a guideline.
We like our hot apple cider with a little Fireball.

Here's to fall,
S. Roderick

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