Homemade apple cider is super yummy and super simple to make. And your house is going to smell amazing all day long.
Last weekend we had the first snowfall. My husband and I have thrown on down jackets, gloves, and warm hats and went on Medvednica. This is a mountain above Zagreb, the capital. We were greeted by 24 centimeters of snow and a bunch of people sledding. I really love winter and snow and I hope we will have lots of snow this winter.
I recommend using a variety of apples, such as sweeter ones like Golden Delicious or Gala and tart ones like Granny Smith.
I made this cider already a few times and also shared the recipe around. My hubby’s colleague even gave me a full bag of various apples (he own an apple orchard) to make him a big batch of this goodness.
Homemade Apple Cider
- 8 apples I used Gala, Red and Golden Delicious and Granny Smith
- 1 orange
- 100 grams granulated sugar (1/2 cup, 3.5 oz)
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons cloves
- Wash apples and orange. Quarter them. You do not have to remove seeds and stems or peel them.
- Add apples and orange in a large stockpot and fill with water - just enough to cover the apples. Add sugar, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook for approximately 1 hour, uncovered, stirring frequently.
- After 1 hour, once apples and orange are soft, using a potato masher mash the apples and orange. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hour, covered. Leave it to cool.
- Once cooled, strain into a large pitcher. To get maximum juice, put the pulp into doubled up cheesecloth and squeeze over the bowl until no more juice comes out.
- Serve hot (reheat in microwave) or cooled. Add more sugar if you like it sweeter.
- Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to a week.