Homemade naturally sweetened spiced apple cider

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A simple recipe to make your own healthy homemade naturally sweetened spiced apple cider that is: refined sugar free and zero waste!

Have you ever considered making your own homemade apple cider, naturally sweetened with raw local honey? After giving this recipe a try, you'll want to make a big batch every year because it's so easy, absolutely delicious and healthier. Not to mention, it smells so good while it simmers it's the ultimate aromatherapy.

After moving to Tunisia, there were so many unexpected seasonal foods I never knew I'd miss. When Fall came around I desperately wanted to hop onto a plane, head to a pumpkin patch, and go apple picking. I missed charming orchards with their sweet scent and delicious apple cider and old fashioned donuts. Is there anything better than Autumn in New England? I still miss Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel Connecticut, even though I haven't been in years. After three years being abroad, I have learned some new ways to bring the seasonal delights that I adore home to us no matter where we are in the world. Every three years we head somewhere new, and we have no idea when we will spend another Autumn in America. So whether you live within minutes of a cider mill, or all the way in Africa - you can make this homemade naturally sweetened spiced apple cider

Apple cider is simple to make and requires minimal ingredients. Apple cider is often made with regular white sugar, but we opted to use raw local honey for extra sweetness. We also use whole cinnamon sticks, and a few clementines (or oranges), fresh ginger, and ground allspice. The outcome is absolutely delicious, especially served warm.

What you'll need:

  • 10 apples, quartered

How to make homemade naturally sweetened spiced apple cider:

Cut your apples and place them in a large stockpot.

Add all of your other ingredients with the exception of honey.

Cover ingredients with apples. You will want to add enough water cover all of your ingredients by at least 2 inches. Depending on your pot size, this may vary. Start with 8 cups and add more if needed.

Simmer for three hours.

Strain apple mixture through a fine sieve. Discard solids. Drain cider again though a cheesecloth-lined sieve.

While apple cider is still warm, add your honey and mix to assist it dissolving.

Refrigerate until cold.

Serve warm or cold.

One of the major benefits of making your own is that you don't end up with a large plastic jug, and the ingredients can all be composted. You can also use this recipe to make any of your favorite apple cider recipes, including donuts, cakes, or cocktails.

How to store:

We store our apple cider in an airtight container for up to two weeks in our refrigerator. You can freeze if you make too much!

Apple cider

Apple cider

Ingredients

  • 10 apples, quartered
  • ¾ cup raw local honey
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tablespoon raw ginger
  • 2 clementines (or one orange) sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 8 cups of water

Instructions

    Cut your apples and place them in a large stockpot.

    Add all of your other ingredients with the exception of honey.

    Cover ingredients with apples. You will want to add enough water cover all of your ingredients by at least 2 inches. Depending on your pot size, this may vary. Start with 8 cups and add more if needed.

    Simmer for three hours.

    Strain apple mixture through a fine sieve. Discard solids. Drain cider again though a cheesecloth-lined sieve.

    While apple cider is still warm, add your honey and mix to assist it dissolving.

    Refrigerate until cold.

    Serve warm or cold.

Notes

Consume within two weeks.

Freezes well.

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Will you be trying to make your own apple cider this year? If so, let me know how it goes in the comments!