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Apple Cider

Spiced warm apple cider is the perfect drink to make when the weather begins to cool.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 179 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 medium-size apples 2 to 3 different varieties, cored and quartered
  • 2 whole oranges quartered
  • 5 to 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 1 gallon water
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

PRO TIP: Adding a little citrus balances out the apple flavor and pairs wonderfully with the spices.
PRO TIP: 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.
PRO TIP: Always remember to thoroughly wash and rinse the apples and oranges before coring and quartering.

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 22mgPotassium: 266mgFiber: 6gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 156IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg