Make your Own Apple Cider
Many of us, myself included, get giddy around this time of year to take a field trip to the apple orchard. I stock up on my favorite variety of apples, apple doughnuts, apple pie, apple cider, you get the picture. If it’s food and has the word apple in it, I’m eating it. One thing I have never done though is make my own cider.
It’s so easy to buy the jugs at the orchard why should you even consider making your own? For one, you can’t beat the smell of fresh brewed apples in your home. If you leave your windows open your neighbors might show up at your door. It’s also a great family activity. Spending the morning at the orchard, and continue spending time as a family together making cider in the afternoon.
If you don’t know what apples to use here’s a helpful guide:
- -Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji and Rome apples are naturally sweet.
- -Granny Smith and Macintosh are more tart.
- -When making cider it’s good to use a mixture of apples for maximum flavor.
Once you’ve chosen your apples try following these recipes:
Spiced Cider: Make this hot beverage “spiked” or not – either way it’ll warm up your insides.
Buttery Mulled Cider: An indulgent drink that is sweet and buttery and perfect for a cold day!
Hot Spiked Cider: A ‘spiked’ version of the traditional hot cider – great for fall or holiday gatherings.
Easy Apple Cider: This is great for cold days and kids love it late at night too. Make it for when you have people over and it is sure to be a remake.
Crockpot Mulled Cider: This is a deliciously fun drink to warm you up during the holidays. Apple cider, spices and orange make this a yummy treat.
Mulled Spiced Cider: Nothing warms you up from the inside out like hot cider.