Every autumn we would have our family Apple Orchard Day at our local pick-your-own apple farm to stock up for our various apple recipes. Our easy apple cider recipe recreates those days.
Many people ask us how to make American apple cider at home. Of course, American apple cider is really a spiced apple juice – not the alcohol cider we are used to in the UK.
We’ve tried a lot of variants and settled on this UK apple cider recipe. No special equipment is required – just a lot of patience – to create delicious apple cider. This homemade cinnamon apple cider is delicious hot or cold and is a special treat for Halloween or Guy Fawkes.
Spiced Apple Juice & Baked Apple Donuts
Homemade cinnamon apple cider and baked apple donuts make a delicious weekend cooking project with the family. Start the apple cider on Saturday afternoon. Bottle it up Sunday morning and then make Baked Apple Donuts for a Sunday afternoon treat. The pulp from the cider can be used for the apple in the donuts. Delicious and no waste!
How to make Apple Cider at Home
Some people use a crockpot (i.e. slow cooker) but we look for easy recipes and we used a big stove pot. We made 2 litres of homemade cinnamon apple cider so double the recipe if you are serving this as a party or for a larger group. Follow the easy apple cider recipe below store in sterilised pretty Kilner bottles in the fridge and you’ll have this delicious autumn treat ready for any expected or unexpected guests.
Best British Apples for American Apple Cider
We used a variety of apples for our homemade apple cider to give it the best flavour. You will see in the photos we have a light and dark version. The only difference is the amount of spice we added to the mix. Experiment with different apple varieties until you find one you like the best. We used 4 Granny Smiths (for tart), 4 Jazz (which is a cross between Braeburn and Royal Gala) and 4 Royal Galas because of the hint of vanilla that occurs naturally in this variety of apple.
American Apple Cider
It is best to leave the cider overnight on low heat. The pulp from the cider can be used in our baked apple donuts. A wonderful autumnal treat.
Place slices of apple, orange and cinnamon sticks into heat proof mugs.
Pour the hot cider onto the fruit and serve.
To Serve – Cold
Place slices of apple, orange and ice cubes into a glass.
Pour chilled apple cider over the fruit and ice.
TIP: We used 4 Granny Smiths, 4 Jazz and 4 Royal Galas apples in our recipe but any type of apple makes great cider.TIP: Adjust the spices according to how light or dark you would like the cider. Our light batch is no spices, 25g light brown sugar and 25g caster sugar. The dark batch is as written above.