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
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.