Apple Cider From Scratch

It’s that time of year again. The time of year that smells like woodsmoke, maple and apples. The time of year where you just want to always be in the kitchen baking, or out on walks taking in all of the beautiful leaves. I can’t imagine living somewhere without seasons.
If I didn’t get to see the leaves change colours I feel like a piece of me would be missing. The colours of fall here in Ontario are always so stunning.
Halloween was a rainy dreary night but that didn’t stop the kids from coming out in full force. The Boyfriend carved up our pumpkin and I roasted the pumpkin seeds. I think the ultimate compliment was the little boy dressed as Iron Man who said “Nice Pumpkin!” on his way off our porch.
In honour of all things fall I decided to tackle something I’d been looking at for quite some time. I made homemade apple cider. From scratch! None of this buy apple juice and add spices nonsense for me! I figured if I could celebrate summer with some homemade lemonade then I could tackle apple cider in the colder months! I found the recipe I used over at Pixel Whisk. My first try I will admit was unsuccessful. Simply because I forgot the very simple instruction to put the pot lid on after the first hour of boiling. So my first attempt was apple mush, all the liquid was evaporated! The importance of following directions! My second attempt was significantly more successful.
Mmmmm hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick. Delicious! Curled up on the couch with a mug of homemade apple cider and the Dog snoring at my feet was the perfect way to spend my weekend! Also, it makes the house smell incredible!
Recipe
12 apples
2 oranges
3-4 sticks of cinnamon
1 tbl whole cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
Water
Directions
Super simple! Throw everything in a big pot. Cover with water.
Boil with no lid for one hour.
Simmer with the lid on for an hour and a half.
Mash the apples with a wooden spoon.
Put it through a fine strainer (something I didn’t have so I used my loose leaf tea diffuser!)
Enjoy!
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