Spiced warm apple cider is the perfect drink to make when the weather begins to cool.
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Cook Time2 hourshrs
Total Time2 hourshrs15 minutesmins
Keyword: Apple Cider Recipe
12medium-size apples,2 to 3 different varieties, cored and quartered
5 to 6cinnamon sticks
½cuplight brown sugar,packed
Using an extra-large stockpot (I used a 12-quart stockpot), over high heat, add in the cored and quartered apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole cloves, whole allspice, sugars, and water. Stir to mix.
Bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce the temperature to medium-low, and let it simmer for 1 ½ hours. Stir the mixture occasionally.
After the apples and orange mixture has been cooking for 1 ½ hours, using a potato masher, carefully mash the apples and oranges to help release more of their juices. Continue to simmer for another 30 minutes.
Remove the stockpot from the heat. Carefully ladle the cider through a fine-mesh sieve to remove large pieces of apple skin, orange rind, and whole spices.
Once the cider has been filtered, you can return the cider to the stovetop to keep warm before you are ready to serve.
Adding a little citrus balances out the apple flavor and pairs wonderfully with the spices.
If you don’t have an extra-large stockpot, you can split the ingredients equally across two smaller stock pots or Dutch oven-sized pots. You don’t want your cider spilling over when it is boiling and simmering.
Always remember to thoroughly wash and rinse the apples and oranges before coring and quartering.