Homemade Fresh Apple Cider (Unfermented)

Look the photo is even the same as the other recipe

Look the photo is even the same as the other recipe

Hey this is a drink and it is not on the specified day.

Apples happened to be on sale so I decided it was time to try making cider. Below is an excellent home brewed apple cider perfect either warmed up or cold inspired by a recipe from Chaos in the Kitchen. For a really fantastic result go to an orchard and pick fresh fruit yourself.

Oh this will yield 8 cups finished cider so increase as required.

Homemade “Soft” Apple Cider

  • 8 gala or Fuji apples
  • 4 granny smith apples
  • 1 navel orange
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • water

Wash apples and orange very well and dry off. Remove stems and chop into large chunks. Toss fruit, spices and sugar into a large stock pot (10-12 quarts) and stir to coat well. Let fruit macerate for 1 hour. Cover with water two inches above fruit. Bring to a boil and cook on high uncovered for an hour. Turn down to a low simmer and cover. Simmer juice for at least two more hours. Uncover and mash with a ricer. Continue to simmer until juice is dark and tastes sweet and spicy. Cool and strain pressing as much juice from the solids as possible into a large container. Keep refrigerated and serve hot or cold.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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10 Responses to Homemade Fresh Apple Cider (Unfermented)

  1. Cecile says:

    Sounds like a bit of work & time – but with delicious results !!! (Gotta get my ricer – it’s at our weekend place !)

  2. D’oh! I just bought a jug from the farmers market. Oh, well…

  3. Andrea says:

    Oh, wow! This looks great! I have to give this a try! Hope there’s more apples in the trees!

    Quick question … mash with a potato masher or put the fruit through a ricer or a food mill? I am always just a little confused!

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