You guys, let's talk apple cider. I've always loved the spicy sweet drink because it was a pretty surefire signal that fall was upon us. Growing up in Texas, that meant the weather cooled from a blistery 102 degrees to a balmy 85, which is why I tend to enjoy my apple cider chilled. However, thanks to Sandy's destructive path, it's really chilly here in D.C. so it feels entirely appropriate to enjoy apple cider piping warm with a cinnamon stick. Unfortunately, many of the beverages sold at farmer's markets and grocery stores have added refined sugar. Never one to be defeated by a culinary challenge, I decided to make my own apple cider (or closest at-home version to it) with nary a morsel of refined sugar.
nut milk bag (Yes, you have to have this for the recipe to work. A cheese cloth might work, but I haven't tried that, so I can't confirm.) to strain every single last bit of cider-y goodness out. The result? A delicious, fresh, spicy, sweet "primal" version of my favorite fall drink.
What's your favorite fall drink? Do you prefer apple cider cold or hot??
Homemade Primal Apple Cider
Makes a pitcher full
- 5-6 large apples
- 4 cinnamon sticks (plus a few more for garnishing)
- 1 inch chunk of ginger
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp. ground cloves
- 2 Tbsp. Truvia (or any sugar alternative you prefer, i.e., raw honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.)
- many cups of water (to cover apples)
1. Quarter apples, leaving stems, seeds, skin, etc.
2. Toss apples with cinnamon sticks, ginger, and spices in a large pot. Fill pot with water until apples are completely submerged. (I filled the pot leaving about two inches of room from the top.)
3. Bring to a boil uncovered for about an hour, occasionally mashing the softened apples with the back of a wooden spoon.
4. After an hour, turn off heat and allow to cool for a while. Once the mixture is cooled, transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until the fruit has completely pureed.
5. Pour juice mixture into a nut milk bag over a pitcher to allow to strain completely. This takes some time and elbow grease, but don't give up!
6. Serve warm (or cold if you like) and garnish with a cinnamon stick!