Today is Apple Cider Day, and we know the perfect way to celebrate is with a delicious cup of hot apple cider!
Not only is this apple cider easy and cost-effective, but it’s quick as well. Within 15 minutes, you’ll be sipping your new favorite drink for this winter.
Easy Homemade Apple Cider
6 cups apple juice or cider-buy your favorite brand
¼ cup maple syrup- we recommend using real maple syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries*
1 orange peel, cut into 6 strips
1 lemon peel, cut into 6 strips
*if you can’t find whole allspice berries, ¼ tsp of allspice powder also works.
- Pour apple cider and maple syrup into a large pot or saucepan.
- Place cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel, and lemon peel in the center of a square of washed cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a food safe twine. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
- *If you don’t have a cheesecloth, don’t worry. Put all the spice and citrus peels in the cider mixture and strain the cider with a fine mesh strainer.
- Place the saucepan over medium-high heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until the cider is hot but not boiling. Adjust for taste, and add more spices or citrus peels to your desire.
- Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle or strain the cider into another large pot or bowl. Ladle cider into your favorite mugs or cups, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired. And Enjoy!
Have a hard hot apple cider with your favorite spiced rum, brandy, flavored whiskey, or flavored vodka.
Happy Apple Cider Day, everyone!
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