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Homemade Apple Cider

One of the greatest things about fall is homemade apple cider. Not only is it super easy to make, it’s also the perfect way to use up all those extra apples you planned to bake into apple pie after going apple picking. Warm, full of spice, and just sweet enough, it’s the perfect drink to have on the back burner when you’re hosting guests– it will make your home smell like winter!


  • 10 large apples, quartered
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. whole allspice
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1) In a large stockpot over medium heat, add apples, oranges, spices, and brown sugar. Cover with water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered for 2 hours.

2) Remove orange halves, then use a potato masher or wooden spoon to mash apples. Return to a simmer and let simmer uncovered for 1 more hour.

3) Strain through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on solids with a wooden spoon to squeeze all juices out. Discard solids.

4) Serve apple cider warm.

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