A Fall Must Have For Apple Lovers!
Delicious Homemade Apple Cider to warm your heart.
Ahhh…it’s apple season! My favorite time of year where we can enjoy apples at its best. Getting to sip on warm apple cider while enjoying the beautiful fall foliage or even as you’re apple and pumpkin picking on a farm. Now you’re thinking, “What can I do with all these apples I’ve picked?” Well, this is what brought me to share our favorite homemade apple cider recipe. The more variety of apples you use, the more balance the flavor as apples can be sweet or tart. You will still have endless options on what you can make with apples such as apple pie, caramel apple, apple juice, applesauce, and more!
Remember the saying, “an apple a day, will keep the doctor away”? It’s true! Apples are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and flavors. Depending on the color of the apple it can be sweet or even tart, giving us the perfect options for juicing, baking, or just enjoying as it is.
Apples have to be one of the top best fruit that we can give our bodies. For its size, it is packed full of vitamins and minerals, fiber, and natural sugars that are good for blood sugar regulation, enabling smoother digestion, reducing cholesterol, and even boosting brainpower!
Did you know cinnamon is made from the inner bark of a tree best known as cinnamomum? It is extracted by removing the woody part from the stem and then dried making it curl into a roll turning it into a “cinnamon stick.” Cinnamon is available in two types, ceylon cinnamon which is the true cinnamon, and cassia cinnamon which we commonly know as cinnamon.
The benefits of cinnamon especially Ceylon cinnamon are its anti-inflammatory properties that help the body fight infections and repair tissue damage, lowering blood sugar levels, reducing heart disease risk factors, and many more. It also pairs well with other warm spices like cloves, nutmeg, ginger and etc.
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Spices are a great way to add some extra benefits to your drink. Allspice, Cloves, and Nutmeg help aid in Combating viruses, Digestion, Antioxidants, detoxify the body, boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, fight infections, improves your insomnia, and much more.
Pure Maple Syrup
Maple syrup contains numerous antioxidants compare to refined sugar, corn, syrup, and agave. Every spoonful offer nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, iron, and many more. It has a higher concentration of minerals and fewer calories than honey. When looking to buy maple syrup, you want to buy it in its purest form as it will not have additional additives.
When making apple cider, oranges are a great addition as it pairs well with warm spices. The added citrus will brighten and balance out the sweetness.
Now more about oranges They are excellent sources of Vitamin C, Fiber, Folate (folic acid), and rich in antioxidants. Known to be dominant in sugar content, but fear, not they are low in glycemic index. It also aids in heart health and supports your digestive functions. There are many ways to enjoy an orange, as it is, orange juice, or even add it to your salad.
How To Make Homemade Apple Cider
Servings: 12 Cup | Course: Drink | Cuisine: American
- 16 Cups Water
- 10 Large Assorted Apples (quartered)
- ½ Orange (halved, optional)
- 4 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 Tsp Whole Cloves
- 1 Tsp Whole Allspice
- 1 Whole Nutmeg
- ½ Cup Pure Maple Syrup
Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 3 hours
Time needed: 3 hours and 10 minutes.
- In your large stockpot put in your cut apples, oranges, and spices. Cover all the goodness with water and leave about an inch at the top of the pot on high heat until it reaches a simmer.
- Bring it to a simmer and then reduce the heat to a medium-low and continue to simmer for additional 2 hours or until the apples are completely soft. Once apples are done turn off the fire and transfer apples to a bowl. With a masher gently mash together the apples
- In a separate bowl place a strainer on top and pour the mix in gently so there are no splatters. Using the back of a spoon, help the apple strain through the fine mesh by moving the spoon in circular motions.
Optional: Reuse the solids for your garden, plants will eat this up
- Now add in your pure maple syrup and sweeten to desire and stir well! Take your pure maple syrup and sweeten to your desire.
- And you’re all done! Garnish it with a fresh cinnamon stick and some fresh slices of oranges for additional flavor and presentation!
Now that you know how to make apple cider, there are endless possibilities on how to elevate the drink. If you want to impress your dinner party, you can turn it into a cocktail by spiking it with bourbon or whisky and even make a mulled apple cider with or without wine. Serve it with your Turkey this holiday.