Fall is a’brewin’ and that cider should be too! When the air starts to feel crisp and the first few leaves blush in beautiful oranges, the cravings of autumn start to appear and dance! And what tastes more like fall than freshly brewed apple cider? (…*on a budget*)
Nothing. So? Let’s get to cooking up something delicious. Something that will make your kitchen come alive with autumn song–and the beautiful aroma of cinnamon, spice, and everything nice.
A few years ago, I posted a very intensive and very heavenly homemade apple cider recipe that involved 10 apples, six steps, and about three hours. Well, this year, we’re trying something simpler and quicker, because life just keeps moving on quicker than we wish it would. So let’s enjoy the moments as we have them, eh?
Let’s get started…
Where to begin?
Grab a pot: one that will hold the volume of cider you hope to make.
Leaving the station to Autumn Town
Next, you’ll want some apple juice and water: Nearly equal parts, but just over half should be apple juice (or to your preference of appley taste).
Add about a half teaspoon of Cinnamon and a dash of Nutmeg per 3 cups of liquid in the pot (or to taste). Stir, making sure that spice residue doesn’t stick above the liquid, so it all can incorporate. Cover.
Orchard Station is on the horizon!
bring it to a light boil and then turn the heat down all the way. Take the container(s) you plan to store your cider in (glass is best to retain flavor and freshness) and add about 1-11/2 teaspoons of maple syrup per 3 cups of liquid to the bottom of the jars before pouring in the cider. This is a nutritious way to boost the spice flavor, incorporate all the aromas, and replace the sugar content of the apple juice that was lost in dilution and heating, and add a nice sweetness to make it a treat without being overdone.
Ooh, it’s holiday time!!
Pour the cider over the syrup and stir well. Serve warm or store in the fridge for later. I like to let my cider cool on the stove before refrigerating it, but do what works best for you!
Cheers for dayz!
Cider is best reheated on the stove.
Need a quicker version? Here’s a Five-Minute, Quick, Custom-Serve Cider Recipe:
Take a small bowl and pour in about a tablespoon or two of maple syrup. Add a half teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Stir well to create Autumn Syrup, and cover to set aside.
Put some water on to boil in an electric kettle (You’ve most likely got one for coffee or tea). This should take about two minutes. You can also set this on to boil while you prepare the Autumn Syrup, to save even more time.
Set on a Hallmark movie. …oh, how did that get in there?
Pour half a glass of apple juice in a mug. Add the hot water and the Autumn Syrup.
What’s great about this recipe is you can create a whole container of Autumn Syrup, store it in the fridge and use little bits of it for individual ciders when you want it. Like a cider-on-demand fix. This saves fridge space, where you would otherwise be storing jars of cider, and it also saves reheat time. It also makes for a great bagel spread, or addition to anything you want to add fall flair to!
Happy Autumn and happy cidering!