This one is a very rare treat for our family since apple cider is SO loaded with sugar, but it’s great to have for those special occasions.
Spiced Cider Recipe
Thank you Barb for another great fall recipe!
- ½ gallon raw organic apple cider
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 cardamom pods
- 5 cloves
- A good shake of ground cinnamon
- I just add all of this to the ½ gal and stick it back in the fridge. It takes about 2-3 days before it’s good and flavored (that extra ground cinnamon is to tide you over if you can’t wait that long). When we’re ready to drink it, I just pour it through a tea strainer over a glass and put back whatever spices wind up in the strainer.
- This could be served warm or even just room temp. I hesitate to heat it too much because the raw cider is so good for you, it seems a shame to cook it.
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Such a nice simple recipe. It has been so long since I have had spiced apple cider, I may just give it a try again this season.
I’ve never thought of it having any more sugar than other juices, only of it being so superior to other juices :). Of course, I’m an apple cider snob. We have an organic orchard south of us (Turkey Ridge Apple Orchard) that makes an amazing cider, we’re spolied on them and don’t care for any other!
Cider is just pressed apple juice- not clear. DIfferent apples will have different flavors, try mixing it up! Faye’s (Turkey Ridge) best cider is during the peak of apple season when she has many varieties to go into the press. She knows her stuff and has a specific way of doing things, using just the right amount of the different types of apples.
How can I make apple cider? Is it different from using my juicer to make apple juice? Should I find certain apples?
My brother makes it all the time, you can find recipes online. He made a special piece of equipment to squeeze the apples easily.
Jonell Galloway says
Such a simple but lovely recipe for the holiday season!