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!
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
Simmer apple juice + whole spices
- 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.
- 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 heavy cream and sugar on high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Add vanilla extract and spices and serve immediately.
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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