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.