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7 Homemade Apple Cider Recipes

Marian K Sep 24, 2018
If you've decided that this year, you want to serve your family and guests homemade apple cider, then know that the process is slightly time-consuming, but, easy to carry out. To start with, you need some sweet apples and some tart ones.

Basic Homemade Apple Cider

• 3 sweet apples
• 1 semi-tart apple
• Wash your apples well, remove as much of the natural yeast present on them as possible.
• Now quarter the apples. Do not take off the skin, for they provide color and nutrients.
• Add the apples to a food processor or blender and puree them completely.
• Pour the puree into a cheesecloth bag, and then squeeze it over a vessel to collect the juice.
• Now, pour it in a saucepan and heat on low without covering for about 3 hrs.
• Don't overcook since the fresh flavor of your apple cider will go away.
• Transfer it to a container which you can seal, and once sealed, store at any temp. below 40° F for up to 2 weeks. The natural yeast present in the cider will eventually ferment it, so use it up quickly.
Let us now understand certain recipes that show you how to add a few ingredients to homemade/ready-made apple cider, to come up with a few variations.

Spiced Apple Cider

• 4 qt. apple cider (fresh)
• 1 apple
• 1 orange, thinly sliced
• 2 tsp. whole cloves
• 1 tsp. ground allspice
• 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
• ⅛ tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
• Cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)
• To start, carefully stick the cloves into the apple.
• Then mix the allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove-studded apple, and apple cider in a pan.
• Place it on low heat and bring to a simmer. In about 10 minutes, the apple cider will imbibe the flavors of the spices.
• Take the pan off the heat and toss away the apple. You could either strain or spoon the spiced cider into mugs.
• Garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange.

Non-alcoholic Mulled Apple Cider

• 3 cinnamon sticks
• 2 mulling bags (pre-mixed mulling spices)
• 2.1 - 4.2 qt. apple cider
• Juice from ½ lemon
• 3 tbsp. brown sugar
• ⅛ tsp. butter
• Pour apple cider in a large stockpot.
• Start heating the pot on medium and add the mulling bags.
• When you see vapors coming up, add sugar, cinnamon sticks, and butter.
• Stir in lemon juice.
• Simmer for around 45 min with the lid on, stirring at regular intervals to avoid burning and boiling of the cider.
• Serve with a cinnamon stick.

Cranberry Apple Cider Shandy

• 2 qt. hard apple cider (for non-alcoholic version use sparkling apple cider)
• 2 cups ice
• 1 cup cranberry juice
• Mint leaves for garnishing
• Pour cranberry juice in the blender and add ice. Process the mixture for 3 mins until it attains a slushy look and texture.
• Pour the ready mixture into a glass and top it with chilled cider.
• Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

Caramel Apple Cider


• 3 cups apple cider
• ½ cup water
• ¼ cup heavy cream
• ¼ cup brown sugar

Caramel Whipped Cream
• ½ cup heavy cream
• 1 tbsp. brown sugar
• To begin, put the cream into a saucepan and mix the brown sugar. Then place it over medium heat and boil the mixture.
• At this point, add in the cider and water, and increase the heat to medium.
• Stir the mixture well, and in about 4 minutes, the cider should begin to steam.
• Put heavy cream in a small chilled bowl, and add brown sugar to it. Whip it until soft peaks are formed.
• Pour the cider into 4 mugs, and add 2 tablespoons of caramel whipped cream to each .

Spirited Hot Apple Cider

• 10 whole cloves
• 10 whole allspice
• 3 cinnamon sticks
• 1 orange
• 6 cups apple cider
• ½ cup applejack
• ¼ cup dark rum
• ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
• 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
• Additional cinnamon sticks (optional)


• Using a knife or vegetable peeler, remove strips of peel from the orange.
• Heat a saucepan and put butter in it.
• Once butter melts, add orange peel, 3 cinnamon sticks, sugar, allspice, and cloves.
• Mix them together and place over medium heat for a minute.
• Then add the cider and bring to steam.
• Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat.
• Add in the rum and applejack, strain the cider, and pour into mugs.

Apple Cider Donuts

• 2 large eggs
• 3½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup of apple cider
• 1 cup sugar
• ½ cup buttermilk
• ¼ cup vegetable shortening
• 2 tsp. baking powder
• 2 tsp. of cinnamon powder
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• ½ tsp. salt
• ¼ tsp. nutmeg
• Vegetable oil or shortening for frying

• Heat the apple cider in a small saucepan until it reduces to ¼ cup. Allow it to cool. It will take around 8-10 min.
• Beat sugar with vegetable shortening, in a large bowl and add eggs, cooked cider, and buttermilk.
• In another bowl, mix baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and flour.
• Mix both the mixtures; the dry and the wet. Stir to combine them.
• Keep adding flour till you get a soft non-sticky dough.
• Once you get the right consistency, leave the dough alone for 5 min.
• Transfer the dough to a floured surface and roll it out up to ¾ inches thick.
• Use a donut cutter; or if you do not have one, use the top of an empty can (wash properly before use) or a biscuit cutter, to cut donuts.
• Re-roll the scrapes and continue until the dough gets over.
• Place all the donuts on a baking sheet and refrigerate for about 20 min.
• Heat a good amount of vegetable shortening in a 3" deep frying pan at 350 - 375° F.
• Deep-fry the donuts in batches for 4 min. until brown, turning once or twice.
• Place them on paper towels to drain off excess oil.
• Put cinnamon powder and sugar in a plate and mix. Roll the cooled donuts in this mixture to coat.
Try each homemade apple cider recipe to see which you like the most. Make your favorite one for your friends and family and savor the warm brew to chase away winter chills.