Honey Apple Cider Recipe
Hot Apple Cider is so warming and comforting in the cooler months. You can use any variety of apples for this homemade Cider Recipe and you’ll love that it’s sweetened with honey.
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Apple Cider Recipe:
Make this apple cider and your house will smell like the most luscious Fall candle on the planet, and you get to drink the end result. You’ll love that its sweetened with honey and the combination of spices is so soothing.
Ingredients for Homemade Apple Cider:
This recipe makes a true apple cider from scratch, but if you prefer, you can start with 10-12 cups of store-bought apple cider (see instructions for that substitution below).
- Apples – 4 pounds or about 8 medium (any variety)
- Cinnamon – use 4 small or 3 medium cinnamon sticks
- Whole cloves – use 2 tsp or 1 Tbsp extra spice
- Nutmeg – using a whole nutmeg is optional, but adds great flavor
- Honey – use 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup, or add to get your desired sweetness
- Water – start with 10 cups and add more to dilute if desired
The Best Apples for Cider:
We love using a variety of apples for homemade cider, or whatever we have on hand. They can even be imperfect and discounted for all we care. Get the cheapest ones for cider.
Can I use store-bought apple cider?
You can replace water with apple cider and cut the apples down to one or two. Since apple cider is already sweet, be sure to add honey to taste if needed.
How to make Honey Apple Cider:
1. Roughly chop apples. We used our awesome apple slicer which cored and sliced them easily. No need to peel apples.
2. Place apples in a large soup pot. Slice your orange and add it to the pot, again, no need to peel the skin.
2. Add spices: 3-4 cinnamon sticks, 1 whole nutmeg, 2 tsp whole cloves.
3. Drizzle the top with honey, then pour in 11 cups of water to cover your fruit.
Pro Tip: If your pot doesn’t fit 11 cups of water, you can add the remaining water in later. Your mixture will just be more concentrated and you can dilute it down with more boiling hot water after it’s finished.
4. Bring the pot to a boil then reduce heat and lightly boil uncovered for 1 hour. Reduce heat to medium/low, cover, and simmer 2 hours. The cider should turn a light amber color. Add more honey or water to taste. It should be sweet and spicy.
5. Strain your cider through a fine mesh colander or through a cheesecloth. Squeeze out as much juice as you can. Serve hot.
What can I make with leftover apple pulp?
Use the strained leftover apple pulp to make a small batch of Apple Sauce or apple butter. It will be cinnamon-infused and delicious.
Homemade Apple Cider is such a treat. Drinking a mug of steaming cider is so soothing and comforting. It’s so easy to make a batch of cider from scratch, but it’s that same feeling of accomplishment as pulling a homemade Apple Pie out of the oven. Mmm…
More Drink Recipes:
- Lemonade – so refreshing and homemade is best
- Detox Water – naturally flavored water
- Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade – super fizzy drink
- Kvas – a classic European fizzy drink
- Strawberry Lemonade – restaurant-style and so easy
- Iced Coffee – make-ahead and enjoy for days
Honey Apple Cider Recipe
Hot Apple Cider is so soothing in the cooler months. Use a variety of apples for this homemade Cider Recipe that's sweetened with honey.
- 4 lbs apples, assorted variety (about 8 medium apples)
- 1 medium orange
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole nutmeg, optional
- 2 tsp whole cloves
- 1/2 cup honey, plus more to taste (we used 3/4 cup total).
- 10 to 11 cups water
Core and roughly chop your apples (no need to peel). Place them in a large soup pot. Slice your orange into rings and add it to the pot, again, no need to peel the skin.
Add spices: 3-4 cinnamon sticks, 1 whole nutmeg, 2 tsp whole cloves.
Drizzle the top with honey, then pour in 11 cups water to cover your fruit.*
Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and lightly boil uncovered for 1 hour. Reduce heat to medium/low, cover and simmer another 2 hours. The juice should begin to turn amber in color when it's finished. Add more honey and hot water to taste. It should be sweet and spicy.
Strain your cider through a fine mesh colander or through a cheese cloth placed over a regular colander. Squeeze out as much juice as you can and discard the fruit pulp. Serve hot.
*Note: If your pot doesn’t fit 11 cups of water, you can add the remaining water in later. Your mixture will just be more concentrated and you can dilute it down with more boiling hot water after it’s finished.