Homemade Apple Cider

We recently picked our last apples for the season. It was just one tree left, a winter apple, and it was packed with apples. These apples are fantastic and store very well. We use them all winter long for Scrumptious Apple Cake and pies, apple sauce, homemade apple cider and Feeding Garden birds in fall and winter.

We shared many apples with our family and stored a good amount in our root cellar.

Winter Apples

For my apple cider I pick 7-8 large apples and make homemade apple juice with my juicer until I have about 1 liter of juice but store-bought juice is fine as well.

This homemade apple juice is so delicious that I could just drink it. But I wanted to do something else, so I’ll get all my ingredients.

Ingredients

1 liter apple juice

juice from one orange

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anis

1 piece of ginger (walnut size )

3 cloves

1 teaspoon homemade vanilla sugar

2 teaspoons honey (optional, to sweeten the cider when it has cooled down)

How to cook apple cider

I give all ingredients except the honey in a cooking pot and bring to a rapid boil. As soon as it boils I’ll take it off the heat and set aside for 30 minutes to let all the flavors from the herbs and spices infuse.

After 30 minutes, I pour the apple cider through a sieve to remove the herbs and spices. I add 1-2 teaspoons of honey if it’s not sweet enough.

The house smells incredible like fall and winter and it’s time to enjoy the delicious apple cider!

Storing and to reheat

If the apple cider no longer has the desired temperature, I reheat it on the stove. I’ll keep leftovers in the fridge for another day.

Stay cozy!

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Classic Lemonade and Red Currant Lemonade for Hot Summer Days

These two lemonade recipes are the perfect summer drinks!

Who doesn’t love a refreshing drink on hot summer days? Fresh from the refrigerator and not too sweet, that’s how I like my drinks. If you like it sweet just add your favorite sweetener to your lemonade.

Classic Homemade Lemonade Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • a couple of lemon slices
  • lemon balm or peppermint leaves

Start by mixing your water with the honey in a large pitcher.

When all the honey is dissolved pour your freshly squeezed lemon juice into the honey water. I use a sieve since I’m not a big pulp fan.

And ofc we can not forget about LOTS of ice and some lemon slices in our lemonade. I also like to add some lemon balm or peppermint leaves to the lemonade.

Red Currant Lemonade Ingredients:

  • 1 part red currant juice
  • 3 parts water
  • a few stems of fresh lemon thyme
  • fresh currants

For the lemonade mix the juice and the cold water in a pitcher. To add some extra flavor I use a few stems of lemon thyme and fresh currants. Let the lemonade chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes for the thyme to infuse it’s flavor .

Serve over ice.