I don’t know about you, but when it comes to cider (as well as most things this time of year,) I prefer mine homemade. I am a highly sensitive person and an unexpected way that it comes out is in my taste for food and drink. When I was little, like 5 or 6, I could already sense if something had a preservative in it. I remember my Mom laughing when I would say “Ew, this tastes like preservatives!” She probably wondered where I got that from, and to be honest, I just kind of knew. I can also tell if something I taste has been near something that has gone bad – so very strange. It is a blessing and curse.
But one of the good things that has come of it is that I embrace the homemade lifestyle as much as I can because that is what my body craves. I am all about honoring the wishes of my body and my bio-individuality.
This is a easy recipe that I use when I am making homemade cider. It is simple and has very few ingredients so it doesn’t take a ton of prep.
- 10 apples, cut into quarters
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground allspice
- Optional: Mulling spices
- Place quartered apples in a crockpot or large stockpot. Add water until apples are covered with 2 inches of water.
- Stir in sugar and spices.
- Set crockpot on Low and let simmer for for 3 hours. (Or if you are making your cider on the stovetop: Bring to a boil. Boil uncovered, for 1 hour, then reduce to a simmer, cover pot, let simmer for 2 hours.)
- Mash with a potato masher and strain cider through a fine mesh sieve. Toss or repurpose the solids.
- Strain once more with cheesecloth to remove extra spices.
- Put in the refrigerator until chilled or enjoy warm.
This recipe is a classic and sure to please all of the cider lovers in your family. We enjoy this starting in the fall and going all the way through late winter. The taste truly sets the scene for a cozy night in. For ideas on how to dress it up more you can join my Newsletter.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! What are your go-to warm winter drinks?
Sending love & light,