Apple Pie Cider
Welcome fall with fresh apple cider.
- 12 medium apples of a variety of types.
- 1 medium orange
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger
- 3 whole allspice
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole nutmeg
- Wash the fruit well.
- Quarter the fruit (stems, peels, seeds, and all), and place in a large pot.
- Stir in the sugar.
- Roughly chop the nutmeg. Large pieces are fine. You just want to expose more surfaces.
- Add the spices to the pot, and stir well.
- Bring to a boil, and boil, uncovered, for an hour.
- Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 2 hours.
- Using a potato masher, mash the fruit.
- Continue to simmer until it reaches the consistency you want. Let cool.
- Line a colander with cheesecloth, and pour in the contents of the pot. Twist the cheesecloth and squeeze to get as much juice as possible out of the fruit.
- Serve hot or cold.
- Store in the refrigerator.
Use whatever apples you like, but the cider tastes best when there is a mixture of sweet and not so sweet varieties.
copyright Ida Walker