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Homemade Apple Cider

Gather Your Ingredients To start your cozy homemade apple cider, gather fresh apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, sugar, and water. Opt for a mix of sweet and tart apples for a balanced flavor. Having all ingredients ready makes the process smoother and ensures a rich, flavorful cider.

Prep the Apples Wash and cut your apples into quarters. There's no need to peel or core them as the simmering process will extract all the flavors. Simply remove any stickers and ensure the apples are clean. This step is quick and sets the stage for delicious, cozy homemade apple cider.

Combine and Simmer Place the apple pieces in a large pot and add cinnamon sticks and cloves. Cover the apples with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 2 hours. This long, slow cooking helps to infuse the water with the apples’ essence, creating the base for your cozy homemade apple cider.

Mash and Strain Once the apples are soft, use a masher to crush them in the pot. This releases even more flavor. After mashing, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into another pot. This step ensures your cozy homemade apple cider is smooth and free of pulp.

Sweeten to Taste Return the strained cider to the stove and add sugar to taste. Start with a small amount and gradually add more until it reaches your preferred sweetness. Stir well to dissolve the sugar completely. The result is a perfectly sweetened, cozy homemade apple cider.

Final Simmer Let the sweetened cider simmer for another 30 minutes. This final simmer allows the flavors to meld together beautifully. Stir occasionally and enjoy the wonderful aroma filling your kitchen. Your cozy homemade apple cider is almost ready to serve.

Serve and Enjoy Pour the hot cider into mugs, garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired, and enjoy immediately. Cozy homemade apple cider is best served warm, making it the perfect beverage for chilly days. Share it with family and friends for a delightful seasonal treat.

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