November 2, 2009

Autumn Libations

I have fond memories of my dad taking us to watch our backyard apples get pressed in a cider mill, and then helping load the gallons into the big freezer in our basement for the winter. The basement was also our playroom, so I remember when my brothers and I would get overheated we'd head over to the freezer to pull out a jug and let it thaw a little. It made great slushies!

Now a days, I prefer it hot, with mulling spices. I found this recipe in Better Homes and Gardens, and it takes some work but it sounds great.

Spirited Apple Cider
photo from BHG.com
2 to 4 medium baking apples, cored
2 teaspoons whole cloves
1/3 cup water
4 medium apples
4 lemons
8 cups apple cider
1/2 cup sugar
12 sticks of cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Insert about half the cloves into 2 baking apples. Place the apples in a 2-quart square baking dish. Add the water. Bake apples, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Add crab apples, if desired. Bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until apples and crab apples are tender; cool slightly. Halve or quarter baking apples. Set aside.

Meanwhile, squeeze juice from oranges and lemons (you should have 1-1/3 cups orange juice and 3/4 cup lemon juice). In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine orange and lemon juices, apple cider, sugar, cinnamon, remaining cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove whole cloves and stick cinnamon from cider mixture. To serve, place apples in a large heat-proof punch bowl; carefully pour cider mixture into bowl. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

8 comments:

  1. Doesn't that sound delicious? I just love cider. That was our favorite treat when enjoying winters in Rhode Island. :)

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  2. Doesn't that sound delicious? I just love cider. That was our favorite treat when enjoying winters in Rhode Island. :)

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  3. That is an awesome childhood memory! And a very tasty sounding drink...makes me feel warm inside just thinking about it!

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  4. I think it's awesome you have those memories as a child. I would have loved to store gallons of cider away for the winter. This cider looks great. I have one that uses some rum which is perfect for Christmas.

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  5. Sounds great and cider is one of my favs too. I actually posted about it on snackpicks.com.

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