I love the crisp, cool fall weather as much as your next basic bitch. Seriously, get me in an oversized sweater, sitting by a bonfire, sipping on a cup of warm apple cider (preferably spiked) and I am goooood.
I love making warm apple cider from scratch in the fall – it makes your house smell amazing AND it’s the perfect drink for a chilly day. It’s so easy to make cider on your own with just a few ingredients. Just make sure the apple juice you purchase is not pre-sweetened or pre-spiced.
Follow this simple recipe for easy warm apple cider for your next tailgate or fall party:
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 tsp whole cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tbsp. orange zest
- 8 cups unsweetened apple juice
- 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- Bourbon, optional.
- Combine spices in a sauce pan and cook over medium-high heat until aromatic, about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the nutmeg, and stir to combine.
- Add in the apple juice and orange zest and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, depending on how strong you like your cider.
- Pour the juice through a fine-mesh sieve, into a large pitcher or container.
- Add bourbon to taste if spiking.
- Store in the fridge for up to 7 days.