Fall is here, winter is coming, and what better to keep you warm and cozy through these chilly holiday months than a cup of lovely apple cider. The cinnamon aroma twirling through the air, the hot mug nestled in your hands, the taste of an orchard bursting from the porcelain…craving it yet? Don’t hold back, break out the spice sticks and the Red Delicious (this case, McIntosh apples) and brew up a batch of this delightful beverage.
6-8 Mcintosh apples
4 cinnamon sticks bound together
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1/2 cup brown sugar
1. Wash and roughly chop apples and orange-do not worry about removing peels, seeds, or stems. Toss into a large stock pot.
2. Add sugar (you can always add more later if you like it sweeter).
3. Add spices, and cover with water.
4. Bring to a boil and boil uncovered for at least an hour.
5. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Allow juice to simmer for at least two hours.
6. Uncover and use a potato masher to roughly mash content of pot.
7. When cider is ready allow to cool then strain apple pieces and whole spices into a clean pitcher or pot. If you feel like it you can strain everything through a cheesecloth and twist and squeeze to get every last drop.
8. Serve hot. Store in the fridge and reheat as desired.