This hot apple cider is a fantastic recipe that will warm you up on even the coldest of winter days. And the added bonus? You’ll have that fresh apple pie smell without the urge to plow down a tub of vanilla ice cream.
4 lbs apples, assorted variety (about 8 medium apples)
• Roughly chop your apples – no need to peel. If you’ve got an apple slicer that cores and slices in one single motion, that’ll do nicely cored and sliced them easily. Place apples in a large soup pot. Slice your orange and add it to the pot, again, no need to peel the skin.
• Add spices: 3-4 cinnamon sticks, 1 whole nutmeg, 1 Tbsp whole cloves.
• Drizzle the top with honey, then pour in 11 cups water to cover your fruit. Note: If your pot doesn’t fit 11 cups water, you can add remaining water in later. Your mixture will just be more concentrated and you can dilute it down with more boiling hot water after it’s finished.
• Bring the pot to a boil over high heat. Once that amazing apple smell starts to take over, reduce heat to medium and lightly boil uncovered for 1 hour.
• Reduce heat to medium/low, cover and simmer another 2 hours. The juice should begin to turn amber in color when it’s finished. Add more honey and hot water to taste. The flavor should be sweet and spicy and way better than the packaged mystery powder.
• Strain your cider through a fine mesh colander or through a cheese cloth placed over a regular colander. Squeeze out as much juice as you can and discard the fruit pulp and spices. Serve hot. This apple cider refrigerates well and is really easy to heat up on the stove top or in the microwave.