If summer means drinking lemonade and winter means hot cocoa, what’s the definitive drink of fall? No, not some sugary, complicated pumpkin spice thing— apple cider! You don’t even have to go to an apple orchard to get it; you can buy your ingredients at your local grocery and brew some up in the comfort of your kitchen. Tastemade shows us all how.

You’ll Need

– 6 Granny Smith apples
– 6 Red Delicious apples
– 1 Valencia orange
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1 whole nutmeg, finely chopped
– 4 whole cinnamon sticks, halved
– 1 tablespoon cloves

How To

  1. Wash the apples and oranges, then cut them into quarters.
  2. Add the fruit to a large stockpot along with the brown sugar.
  3. Lay the nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves in a cheesecloth, and tie into a satchel.
  4. Fill the stockpot with enough water to cover the fruit, and add the spice satchel.
  5. Bring the water to a boil. Allow the mixture to boil for at least one hour to let the fruit soften.
  6. Mash the softened fruit. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 additional hours.
  7. After simmering, allow the pot to cool completely, then remove the spice satchel.
  8. Line a large bowl with a doubled cheesecloth and add the contents of the stockpot. The cider will drain into the bowl.
  9. Twist and squeeze the cheesecloth to get as much juice as possible.

Mmm. Tastes like autumn! Have you ever made your own apple cider before? How would you change this recipe, if you wanted to do so?