Nothing says fall like homemade Apple Cider. It is fun to make your own, tastes great and makes your home smell amazing. Here is a great recipe to try and share. Alter it to make it your own. This is a great beverage to have on hand for cool fall and winter evenings, family gatherings, and of course holiday dinners!
10 Gala Apples – Quartered
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Ground all spice
Note: you can float a few whole cinnamon sticks on top for extra flavor or add them at the end for garnish, also adding extra spices like cloves or the zest of a lemon will spice up your cider depending on your preference.
Place apples in a large stockpot and add enough water cover by at least 2 inches. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 1 hour. Cover pot, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours.
Strain apple mixture though a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids. Drain cider again though a cheesecloth lined sieve. Refrigerate until cold.
Note: I prefer to serve my cider warm. If you prefer the same you can always make this in advance and set it on warm in a crock pot. Add some cinnamon sticks or Star of Anise to the once in the crock pot as a great garnish.