Hot Spiced Apple Cider
Author: Danny Bourque
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 55 mins
Fresh apple cider is sometimes called 'cold pressed' or 'fresh pressed' and is an unfiltered, unsweetened pure apple juice. It is unpasteurized, and recognizable by its murky brown color. Look for it in the refrigerated area of the organics section in your grocery store.
Ingredients
  • 12 cups fresh pressed apple cider
  • 3/4 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 crazy cinnamon stick
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 small chunk, about 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and sliced in to no more than 3 pieces.
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, bruised (or 1 sliced lemon)
  • 1 big and 1 small bay leaf
  • 17 peppercorns (no more no less)
  • yeah right! seriously, though, I put a large teaspoon of peppercorns in for kick)
Instructions
  1. The lemon grass will most likely not fit in your pot. Chop 1/2" or so off the nub, and 5-6" on the other end. Smash it with the flat of a knife or a cast iron pan and then chop it into 3-4" lengths.
  2. I also manhandled the cinnamon and bay leaves. Other cooks use the words "crushed" or "bruised" for this action.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Place over medium heat, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil,stirring occasionally.
  4. Once the cider has boiled, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Strain and serve hot.
Recipe by Simple Bites at http://www.simplebites.net/hot-spiced-apple-cider/