Once the cold weather hits, there is nothing more I crave than snuggling up under a soft blanket with a good book and a warm cup of spiced apple cider. Since buying a juicer a few weeks ago I’ve been wanting to make my own cider. I finally got around to it and I am so excited about the results! Making my own juice for this recipe made it very fresh and full of apple flavour. The combination of spices, orange and maple syrup gives it a nice kick without a lot of added sweetness.
If you don’t own a juicer you can buy pressed apple juice at an orchard, health food store, or most grocery stores when apples are in season. Typically it is labelled as apple cider and appears dark and more cloudy than apple juice. You don’t want to use apple juice from concentrate as it contains a lot of sugar and very little natural juice. It will not give you the same results as fresh apple cider.
Spiced apple cider is great warm or cold and it can be a great fall cocktail if you spike it with some dark rum and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!
4 cups freshly pressed apple juice (not from concentrate)
1 cup water
½ orange, sliced into discs
1 inch piece of ginger, sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
¼ Tsp. allspice
1/8 Tsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (optional)
In a large non reactive pot, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil for about 5 minutes.
Cover pot, reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
Line a collander with cheesecloth and strain the cider.
Serve warm. Spike with dark rum if it’s been one of those days.