It’s fall, and that means it’s cider season. As the leaves change and the air gets crisper, I always turn to my lovely jug of apple cider.
But, recently I wondered how I could make it on my own from scratch, and, of course I made my own revisions to the recipe. Prepare this on Thanksgiving or in your dorm for Friendsgiving.
- Prep Time:15 minutes
- Cook Time:4 hours
- Total Time:4 hours 15 minutes
- 8 apples
- 1 orange
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice (optional)
- 12-16 cup water
- 1/3-2/3 cup brown sugar
Wash apples and oranges and cut apples into eighths. Place in the bowl of your slow cooker.
Stick the cloves in the orange and add it into the bowl.
Add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and allspice.
Cover with water, filling the slow cooker until it is nearly full. Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours, or on low heat for 6-8 hours.
About an hour before the cider is done cooking, use a potato masher to mash the apple slices once they are soft. Finish cooking for one more hour.
Strain out the apple cider juice into a clean pitcher or pot. Stir in your desired amount of sweetener until it is dissolved. Serve hot.