Hot Apple Cider!

by Michelle on September 6, 2010

Fall is my very favorite time of year. Nights are so crisp and cool and I sleep so well. Huge acorns fill our yard and as I walk to our barn I can hear them pop under each step! My clothesline is full of bright wool blankets and snuggly quilts airing out for the seasonal bed linen swap! And my cooking and baking changes dramatically to bright yellow squash, pumpkin, apples and lots of cinnamon! And after the light meals of summer, fall tastes so darn good!

When I was young and living in Michigan we frequented Wolcott Apple Orchards and I so remember the wonderful smell of apples…lots of apples. In the main barn, you would find Mrs. Wolcott, who always remembered my name! And she wasn’t just there to sell apples, she worked the farm. She was a tiny women, usually dressed in well-washed green overalls with a faded baseball cap covering her white hair. She was well acquainted with her farm and probably every tree!

Once Mrs. Wolcott asked me if I wanted to see the Cider Press. I remember glancing towards my Mom and she said “Go on”. Mrs. Wolcott took my hand and lead me to another small barn which again was filled with the smell of apples. And there in the center of the barn was the wooden cider press, about 10′ by 10′, with big gears and pulleys with huge thick ropes. Mrs. Wolcott still held my hand as we stood close by watching the golden juice dribble over the edge and then swish down a long trough into a wooden barrel. I remember being surprised at how much juice came out of those apples!! Mrs. Wolcott dipped into the barrel and handed me a cup of fresh apple cider. She said the “cider would be better later in the season when more apple varieties were available”, but it tasted just fine to me!

But with age, my taste buds have changed. I still enjoy the smell of Apple Cider but it tastes so strong to me, almost like drinking an undiluted concentrate. I love to cook with Apple Cider just not drink it…That is until I found the below recipe. I was taking a one-day Wreath Making Class and the instructor brought Apple Cider. She said that the Cider was so popular everyone wanted the recipe, so she made copies and “feel free to take one” and so I did. And I’ve been making it ever since.

Hot Apple Cider

1 gallon apple cider
1-30 oz can of frozen lemonade concentrate
1-30 oz can of frozen orange juice concentrate
3 whole cinnamon sticks
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp whole allspice
1 to 2 cans (cans from frozen Lemonade) of water

Garnish: With a clove-studded orange slice and a cinnamon stick

1. In a cheesecloth bag or tea ball, place spices.

2. Drop spice ball into 30-cup coffee maker or slow cooker.

3. Add juices, water and cider.

4. Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve Hot.

Spiced Tea:
Follow cider direction substituting 8 tea bags and 1 gallon water for 1 gallon apple cider.

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  • Lori E September 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    It is raining here and I think the days of cider are very close. This looks delish and probably smells amazing.

  • Joanne September 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I am SO excited for fall! It has all of my favorite foods, apples being a key player. This cider sounds fantastic and I love that it’s not crazy sweet.

  • Pattie and Allie September 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Michelle, we lived in the beautiful Hudson Valley in New York among apple orchards and wineries. A day of apple picking and hot cider are among my best memories
    xoxo Pattie

  • teresa September 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    ah, bring on the fall! this is lovely!

  • scrappy buttons September 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks so much for the recipe…I wanted to do something a little different as a food vendor for our town’s Apple Harvest in Oct,…..Now for the hot chocolate….mmmm I just love everything to do with Fall…

  • Daisy September 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Delicious! I could probably make this in my slow cooker. Imagine the way the house would smell… Yum.

  • Jenny Flake September 8, 2010 at 10:51 am

    It looks so inviting!

  • Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker September 8, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Awesome hot apple cider! So perfect for fall, which I am so ready for!

  • Tracy September 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Looks delicious! I LOVE hot apple cider!

  • Karlie Kiser September 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Love your site! And your dogs are gorgeous! Can’t wait to view more of your recipes!

  • Cookin' Canuck September 9, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Wonderful childhood story! This makes me want to wrap myself up in a blanket and sit in front of a fire.

  • A Canadian Foodie September 11, 2010 at 1:10 am

    What a great recipe. I am stealing it, now!
    :)
    valerie

  • Jen @ How To: Simplify September 14, 2010 at 11:47 am

    There’s nothing quite like apple cider and cinnamon doughnuts in the fall! What a great recipe!

  • Kayte October 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Loved this whole post, such fun to read about all these things with you. The photos of the cider outside is so pretty…I just want to be there…wonderful description of everything. You have such a way with words and food!

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