It’s officially Fall here in Texas! Temperatures are below 70 and beautiful ladies toting pumpkin spice lattes and wearing amazing riding boots are out in full force. There are Honeycrisp apples and Cuties in the grocery stores in abundance. It is good. I have been craving apple cider for the past month, but with the entrance of Fall, it was finally time to give in. It was super simple…and really yummy. Bonus- it has rum (if you want!) and smells absolutely amazing. It’s worth making just for the smell alone! 🙂
Making homemade cider was much easier then I thought (see complete recipe below). We started with washing Gala apples, then quartering them. I left the peel on, but kept the core and seeds out.
Then place your apples into a stock pot and add enough water to completely cover them.
Add your sugar and spices, then bring the water to a boil. After it reaches a boil, turn to a simmer and cook for about 90 minutes. Enjoy your house smelling like Christmas, mmmm. Then pull it off the stove and using an emersion blender, puree the entire mixture. It should look like a runny applesauce- you can add a bit more water if needed- just make sure to stir well.
Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or a nut milk bag (or if you like it really, really pulpy–drink straight up!), then pour approximately 7 ounces into a glass. Add an ounce of rum, stir and enjoy while warm!
Super Simple Spiked Apple Cider
8 Gala Apples
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
Wash and quarter apples, discarding seeds (you can keep the skin on).
Place apples into a pot with enough water to cover.
Add spices, sugar and vanilla.
Bring to a boil, and set to a simmer for about 90 minutes.
Using an immersion blender, puree mixture, and strain through cheesecloth or nut milk bag. (Or, if you like pulp, drink as is).
Pour 7 ounces of cider into glass, add 1 oz of clear rum.
Stir and enjoy while warm!