Enjoy nutritious hot cider during the cold winter months

Homemade Apple Cider

Prep time: 10 – 15 minutes • Cook Time: 3 hours • Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 10 unpeeled apples, quartered
  • 1/2 cup honey (raw or agave, if possible)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice

Directions

1. Place apples in a large pot and fill with water, covering apples by 2 inches. Stir in honey, cinnamon and allspice. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 hour, uncovered.

2. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.

3. Pour apple mixture through a strainer and discard solids. Strain cider again through a cheesecloth-lined strainer.

4. Serve hot or refrigerate until cold. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

Cranberry Apple Cider

Prep time: 5 minutes • Cook Time: 4 • Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • One 64-ounce bottle apple juice (100 percent juice, if possible) or use cider from Homemade Apple Cider recipe
  • One 12-ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/3 cup whole cloves
  • Honey, to taste (optional)

Directions

1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook for 4 hours.

2. Pour cranberries, cloves and cinnamon sticks through a strainer and discard solids before serving.

3. Serve hot or refrigerate until cold. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.