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American Apple Cider Recipe (Spiced Apple Juice)

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.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 litres


Cider Ingredients

  • 12 medium apples
  • water
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 25 grams dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 25 grams light brown muscovado sugar


  • 1 very large pot with lid preferably 3 litre capacity
  • 1 fine mesh strainer
  • cheesecloth
  • string


  • First, make your bouquet of spices. This will make them easier to fish out later.
  • Lay a bit of cheesecloth on a flat surface and put the cinnamon and cloves in the middle of the cheesecloth.
  • Pull the four sides of the cheesecloth together and tie with string.
  • Core the apples and cut into eighths. No need to peel the apples.
  • Place the apples in the large pot and add water until just covered.
  • Add light and dark brown sugars to the pot and the bouquet of spices.
  • Bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for 4 hours.
  • With a potato masher, mash the apples.
  • Leave on low for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Remove spice bouquet and bring cider to a boil.
  • Reduce by 1/3 then strain.
  • To strain the apple cider, place cheesecloth over the mesh strainer and slowly pour in the cider.
  • We strained ours into a Pyrex measuring jug to make it easy to pour into bottle later.
  • Using a wooden spoon, press the apple pulp to get all of the lovely cider out.
  • Reserve the apple pulp for use in Baked Apple Donuts.
  • Let cool and pour into Kilner bottles for storage.
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To Serve - Hot

  • Heat the apple cider in a small pan on the hob.
  • 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.