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Homemade Hot Apple Cider

Gather IngredientsYou'll need fresh apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, brown sugar, and water. Using high-quality, fresh ingredients ensures a rich and flavorful cider that truly tastes homemade.

Prep Your ApplesWash, core, and slice the apples. No need to peel them, as the peels add extra flavor. Choose a mix of sweet and tart apples for a balanced taste that’s not overly sweet.

Combine and SimmerIn a large pot, combine apples, spices, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer. This slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld beautifully, creating a fragrant, tasty brew.

Sweeten to TasteAdd brown sugar, adjusting the amount based on your sweetness preference. Stir well to dissolve the sugar completely. This step adds depth and a caramel-like richness to the cider.

Strain and ServeOnce simmered, strain the mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth to remove solids. This ensures a smooth, clear cider that’s ready to drink. Serve it hot, straight from the stove.

Add a GarnishEnhance your hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick, a slice of apple, or an orange peel. These garnishes not only look appealing but also add an extra layer of flavor to each sip.

Store and ReheatIf you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave. The cider can be enjoyed warm for several days, making it a convenient and cozy treat.

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