Homemade Hot Apple Cider is an easy to make cold weather treat, it’s like Christmas in a cup. And very easy to make! It’s like a mulled cider, with apple juice steeped in spices.
Moving to Australia, the concept of a Homemade Hot Apple Cider is different from the American Apple Cider. Like the Brits, Aussies usually drink Apple Cider as an cold alcoholic drink, made from freshly pressed apples. The concept of American style Hot Apple Cider doesn’t exist here, and I usually freak people out when I tell them I am giving my children Apple Cider!
When it gets cold here, drinking Hot Apple Cider reminds me of the Thanksgiving or Christmas season. We used to buy instant hot cider mix, but as it doesn’t exist here in Australia, so I’ve had to learn how to make it myself.
You can make a bouquet garni for the spices to make it easier to take the spices out, but I just use a cheesecloth and strain the Hot Apple Cider. For a flavour variation, sometimes I use ¾ teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice instead of the cinnamon and nutmeg.
If you want an alcoholic Hot Apple Cider, you can add some rum at the very end just before serving. Some people like adding a little brown sugar, or even caramel sauce to the recipe, but I think Apple juice is usually sweet enough.
So easy to make, and healthier than store bought, unpronounceable ingredients Homemade Hot Apple Cider. Warms me from the inside out. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
- 2 litres of cloudy apple juice
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 6 cloves
- In a saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a boil, reduce and simmer for about ten minutes.
- Strain the spices before serving. Enjoy