Apple cider has been enjoyed in America since the country’s inception, as colonists heavily relied on the drink as a beverage of choice (and currency) in the New World.
Today, apple cider is more of a traditional treat, especially at this time of the year, when a nice mug of cider hits the spot. Make your own to share some warmth and comfort with your family and friends on a chilly day.
- 6 medium apples, assorted types of your choice
- ½ orange
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon whole allspice
- 8 cups water
- Brown sugar, to taste
- Wash the apples and the orange, and then cut them into quarters, keeping the peels, seeds, and stems intact.
- Put the fruit slices in a slow cooker, and add the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Add water until the cooker is almost full, about ½-inch from the top. Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours, or on low heat for 6-8 hours.
- One hour before the cider is done cooking, use a potato masher to mash the fruit slices until they are soft. Continue cooking for the remaining hour.
- Strain out the apple cider juice into a pitcher. To get the most juice, press the apples through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Add the brown sugar to your liking, and stir until it’s dissolved. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 5 days.
Not sure which apples to pick at the store? It’s not surprising, consider how many varieties are available. Print out this apple guide to help you with your apple adventure; look at it and bring it with you to learn more about how different apple varieties taste, as well as their best uses and peak seasons.
For more seasonal tips that will be the apple of your eye, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/recipes.