Spiced Apple Cranberry Cider

Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts apple cider *
  • 6 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
Directions
  1. In a large pot, combine apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves and lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove cinnamon, cloves, and lemon slices. Serve hot.

*http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/hot-spiced-cranberry-cider/detail.aspx

Apple Cider

Ingredients

  • 8 -10 apples (5 Gala, 5 Granny Smith)
  • 1/2-1 cup (1/2 white, 1/2 brown)
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon (or 4 cinnamon sticks)
  • 4 tablespoons allspice

Directions

  1. Quarter your apples (no need to remove peel or seeds).
  2. In a large stock pot add your apples and fill with water–just enough to cover the apples.
  3. Add your sugar.
  4. Wrap your cinnamon and allspice in a doubled up cheese cloth and tie, and add this to the apples and water.
  5. Boil on high for one hour (uncovered) checking on it frequently.
  6. Turn down heat and let simmer for two hours (covered).
  7. Take off the heat after two hours of simmering and let cool.
  8. Remove spices and mash up the apples to a pulp like consistency (a potato masher works well for this).
  9. Once cool pour into a strainer over a large bowl. When most of the juice has drained away, put the remainder of the pulp into a doubled up cheese cloth and squeeze over the bowl until no more juice comes out.
  10. You can store in an air tight container in your refrigerator for up to a week or you can freeze it for later use if you like.
  11. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove and enjoy either plain or you can add caramel syrup or caramels, whipped topping with cinnamon.
  12. also you could make this a diabetic recipe by omitting the sugar and adding diabetic sweeteners to taste in place of the sugar or none at all.
*http://www.food.com/recipe/moms-homemade-apple-cider-non-alchoholic-253224
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