- 10-12 medium apples (assorted varieties), quartered
- 2 oranges, quartered (also peeled, if you would like your cider less tart)
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- Optional extra seasonings: 1 teaspoon whole allspice, 1 whole nutmeg, and/or 1 inch fresh ginger
- 16 cups water, more or less
- 1/2 cup sweetener (brown sugar or maple syrup recommended)
Step 1: Add the apples, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, and optional extra seasonings to a large stockpot. Cover with water, leaving about an inch or two of space at the top of the stockpot.
Step 2: Simmer: Heat the cider over high heat until it reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 2 hours, or until the apples are completely soft.
Step 3: Mash the Apples & Oranges: Using a potato masher or wooden spoon, take a minute to mash all of the apples and oranges against the side of the stockpot to release more of their flavors. Then cover and simmer for 1 more hour.
Step 4: Strain: Using a fine-mesh strainer or a cheesecloth, strain out all of the solids (apples, oranges, spices), pressing them against the strainer to release all of their juices. Discard the solids.
Step 5: Sweeten: Stir in your desired amount of sweetener, to taste.
Step 6: Your cider is all ready to go! For extra presentation, add a few fresh orange slices and cinnamon sticks back to the stockpot for serving. Serve warm or allow cider to cool to room temperature before transferring to a sealed pitcher in a refrigerator for up to 5 days. This cider can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Enjoy this homemade apple cider from Gimme Some Oven!