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Apple cider topped with whipped cream, on counter with cinnamon sticks and apples.

Easy Homemade Apple Cider + Spiced Whipped Cream


Description

From scratch apple cider can prove a lot of prep work. But if you start with a high-quality, store-bought apple juice, you'll be sipping a spiced, steaming cuppa in no time!


Ingredients

Scale

For Apple Cider

  • 1 quart/32 fl oz fresh-squeezed apple juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
  • Peel of one orange

For Spiced Whipped Cream

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cider spice mix (below), or pumpkin or apple pie spice

Homemade Cider Spice Mix

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

Simmer apple juice + whole spices

  1. Combine all ingredients for cider in a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, then cover and turn heat to low.
  2. Simmer cider over low heat for one to two hours. Strain, and serve warm garnished with a cinnamon stick. Store chilled for one or two weeks.

Whip Cream

  1. Whip heavy cream and sugar on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add vanilla extract and spices and serve immediately.

Notes

If you want a sweeter cider, by all means add a few tablespoons of sugar or better yet, raw honey to the pot. You'll still end up with a much less processed, less sweet version of bottled cider. 

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