This apple cider recipe is perfect for sipping around a campfire or holiday fireplace!
Did you know apple cider is a scandalous beverage?
While the earliest recordings of this fabulous liquid date back as far as 55 BC, it was not introduced here in the USA until English settlers arrived, possibly as early as the 1400’s.
At the time, grains were not the heartiest of crops. However, apples were in abundance everywhere the settlers looked. So it didn’t take long for them to find a method for making something called Hard Cider (so named sometime around the 1840’s), which was and is still today, an alcoholic beverage.
The practice of making Hard Cider is still popular today with folks who are into creating their own unique brews. Secret formulas for different apple combinations are fiercely protected. The apples used make a tremendous difference in the flavor of the finished product.
SO WHAT’S SO SCANDALOUS ABOUT THIS DRINK?
There seems to be much controversy surrounding the actual definition for today’s apple cider. There are some heated debates regarding the authenticity and the definition of the word “cider” when it comes to the way we use it now.
As with most things that food corporations touch, cider has been “boiled down” (pardon the pun) to being apple juice. The main reason is the requirement for pasteurization. Authentic apple cider is fresh from the press and only lasts about 2 weeks in the fridge before it starts to ferment. Food companies, by law, cannot sell juice without pasteurizing it first. So basically, if you purchase apple “cider” in a grocery store, just know that you are actually buying apple juice. Not authentic cider.
That said, most of us don’t have an apple press handy these days. I know I don’t. If you do, consider yourself very, very lucky! (And consider me very, very jealous!)
So in the interest of making this recipe a bit more authentic (without using an apple press), I decided to use my juicer to make my juice “from scratch”.
For those of you who do not have a juicer, go to the store and buy some organic apple juice. It will be different, but it will still be quite tasty.
Now, follow this recipe for Clean Eating Apple Cider!
HOT DRINK RECIPES
APPLE CIDER RECIPE:
(a.k.a. Mulled Apple Cider)
- 2 cups unsweetened apple juice
- 2 medium cinnamon sticks
- 6 medium black pepper corns
- 6 whole cloves
- 1 tbsp. orange zest
- 1 tbsp. lemon zest
If using fresh apples, wash, cut and juice them.
Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5-20 minutes, depending on how strong you like your cider.
Pour juice through a fine-meshed sieve, into a mug. Allow to cool slightly.
Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 11/15/10.