To me, fall is all about pumpkins, fall leaves, and apple cider. The first day the temperature drops into the low 60s (it is Texas after all, we have to take what we can get), we break out the fall party snacks and make delicious cider. We make this recipe every year, tweaking it as we go along to suit our current taste profile. This is just one way to celebrate apples this fall! Feel free to adapt this recipe any way you like to create a flavor profile that you love!
Spiced Apple Cider Recipe
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 1/4 whole star anise
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5 whole cloves
- 5 whole cardamon
- 5 whole allspice
Place the apple cider into a large saucepan or stock pot. We like to use the unfiltered apple cider, when possible (we can’t always find it). Turn the heat to medium low.
Add your star anise, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, and allspice. You don’t need tons of spices as the flavors gently emerge the longer the cider is cooked.
Simmer the cider for about 4 hours. You may have to adjust the heat to make it slightly hotter to get it to simmer, or you may need to turn it down low to prevent a rolling boil. You want it to be just hot enough to bubble a little, but not hot enough to boil away.
Cut an orange into thin slices. Add the slices of orange to the cider mixture and cook for about two more hours. The longer you cook the cider, the better it will taste.
Just before taking it off the heat, if you want a bit more flavor, add some ground spices and cook for about 15 additional minutes.
If you have a crockpot, this recipe also tastes amazing simmered on low in your crock pot all day.
Learn more: Favorite Crockpot Recipes
You can make a large batch of this and refrigerator, freeze, or can it for later use. That way, you don’t have to wait six hours every time you want to enjoy cider this fall or winter.
What is your favorite way to prepare cider? I know there are lots of different methods out there!