Last year I decided to set a holiday food goal for myself. I want to learn how to make something new every year. Last year was all about bread, and this year has been all about apple cider. By "all about" I mean I've made it twice, but I thought I'd share the recipe anyway.
The recipe I use is taken from a few different ones, and altered a bit by yours truly. It's kind of an excessive all day process, but it's a nice process. I pretty much throw everything in a Crock Pot and leave it be while I go about my day. The house smelling lovely is an added bonus. Let me know if you make your own apple cider or try this recipe out!
Homemade Apple Cider
8-9 Apples (I prefer red delicious.)
1 large orange
1 jar cinnamon sticks (about 5-6)
1 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. cloves (ground or whole, though whole makes the cider more bitter)
1. Cut your apples in half and orange into 1/2 inch slices. Place them in the Crock Pot. Add your spices. Fill up the rest of the pot with water. "Cook" on low for at least 4-5 hours.
2. After 4-5 hours, take a spoon or potato masher (easier) and mash up everything in the pot. Put the lid back on, and let everything "cook" for another hour or two. This is really all by sight and taste y'all.
3. Strain all of the liquid from the mashed up mess and store in a pitcher! Sweeten the cider with honey or brown sugar, or whatever sweetener you prefer.