Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Apple Cider

It's getting unbearably cold as December approaches, but I find comfort in knowing that I can make it all better with a cup of apple cider. It's apple season making it fairly easy to get your hands on some good apple cider. I felt so silly looking for it in the apple juice aisle, and from experience, I can tell you that you won't find it there. It's in the produce section. You must use apple cider and not apple juice, since you will need to bring it to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes. I don't know exactly why apple juice wouldn't work, I was just told not to use it.

2 cups of cider
2 sticks of cinnamon
a small nob of ginger
orange peel
apple for decoration

Normally I would drop in a couple cloves but I couldn't find any in the supermarket. Also, It is very important that you only use the rind of the orange and not the white parts to prevent the cider from turning bitter.

Bring everything to a boil and lower the heat down to a simmer. Let it go for 15-20 minutes and skim off any foam that comes to the top.

To serve, you can strain the cider through a coffee filter to get rid of the particles. I didn't think it was necessary so I just fished out the cinnamon, orange peel and ginger, and poured it in my cup. As I sipped away, they settled at the bottom anyway. If I was making it for company, I might consider the coffee filter. Drop in a slice of apple for garnish and enjoy!

*Makes 1 serving

1 comment:

  1. MMM, apple cider! So delicious. I love that you normally add some cloves to it, that sounds so tasty :D

    Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi