I feel like this is such a Sunday recipe.
I mean, what could be cozier than a giant pot of homemade apple cider just simmering away all day in your kitchen? Not much, and it’s the perfect thing to make on an autumn Sunday like today!
This is honestly one of my favorite recipes and it’s so easy. You really only need fresh apples and water to make cider, but I added a little cinnamon and maple for an extra flavor boost. I love the sweetness and autumn flavor the maple gives this cider and of course cinnamon is a must! Oh, and I threw in a pomegranate too. I felt like the addition of a little pomegranate juice could only make this cider even more delish! I used a crockpot to simmer down my cider, and cook it low and slow all day long. If you don’t have a crockpot, you can simmer the cider on the stove-top and then strain as directed.
If only I had some of this cider to sip on now as I sit here typing this! I’ve been working away all weekend on cookbook edits so my eyes are feeling a little weary at the moment. Too much computer screen time for sure! Today though, I have major plans to do some filming for new recipes videos for HBH. Hopefully I’ll get to spend a little time with my oldest brother Creighton too, who flew into town for my brother Red’s movie premiere in Aspen. I made Creighton his favorite gumbo for dinner on Friday night, complete with beer bread and cookie dough for dessert! It was the perfect meal for the first super cold night of year, and we all loved it.
How about you guys? What have you all been up to this weekend? Hoping you maybe picked some apples fresh off the tree and are armed and ready to make this cider?
Please say yes because you may not know it, but you really need this cider in your life this fall. It’s basically fall perfection in a cup and is delicious both warm or cold. It’s also great when used in recipes like this apple cider chicken and these salted caramel doughnuts.
Maple Apple Cider.
- 10-12 apples quartered, I use honeycrisp and granny smith
- 1 pomegranate quartered (optional)
- 1 orange quartered
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon sticks or 1 cinnamon
- 2-6 tablespoons maple syrup depending on your taste
Add the apple, pomegranate, orange, cinnamon sticks and 2 tablespoons maple syrup to your crockpot. Immerse the ingredients with water (about 5-6 cups). Cover with a lid and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Alternately you can combine everything in a large soup pot and cook over medium heat for 3 hours or until the apples begin to break down.
Carefully strain the mixture through a mesh strainer, discard the fruit and cinnamon sticks. If desired strain the cider one more time to remove any pulp. Taste and adjust the maple syrup to your liking. Serve warm or cold. Cider will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Cheers to a great Sunday! 🙂