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Making apple cider at home is a wonderful way to welcome fall and all its cozy traditions. Imagine the sweet aroma of ripe apples simmering on the stove, filling your home with warmth and comfort. With just a few simple ingredients and a bit of patience, you can create a delicious batch of homemade apple cider that's sure to impress family and friends alike. Homemade cider is also the perfect base for creating all sorts of fall-inspired drinks, from mulled cider to spiked apple cider cocktails.
3 cracked cinnamon sticks
1 tsp black peppercorns
½ tsp whole cloves
3 cracked cardamon pods (can substitute for ½ tsp ground cardamon)
1 tsp maple syrup
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
5 cups unsweetened apple juice
½ tbsp orange zest
Add all dry spices except nutmeg to a saucepan on medium heat for 4-5 minutes until aromatic; constantly swirl the saucepan to prevent spices from scorching
Add nutmeg, apple juice, orange zest, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil
Reduce heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Longer the simmer, the stronger the cider
Filter through a strainer in to cup or mug, then allow to slightly cool. Enjoy!