No breakfast or brunch is complete without a sweet glass of orange juice to wash it all down. It’s a go-to morning drink, whether it’s served by itself or in a mimosa. Orange juice is pretty much liquid sunshine.
Citrus smells are proven to be energizing and help improve your mood, so it makes perfect sense that orange juice can be used as a pick me up. Because of its frequent association with the earlier portion of the day, orange juice is not something we often consider for a nightcap or drink to wind down with. Well, not until orange cider that is!
This citrusy twist on cider is sweet and refreshing with a kick of tartness and is super easy to make. All you’ll need is orange juice, sugar, and yeast. Strained, fresh orange juice is recommended for this recipe since it delivers strong natural aroma and flavor to the cider. When selecting your oranges, choose fruit that smells good and has enough acidity and rich flavor. When it comes to oranges, you can juice any variety of this fruit, but some are better for drinking versus eating. Two common types of oranges you’ll typically come across are navels and Valencias. The oranges that are currently in season will ultimately be the best ones for juicing, but Valencias are most preferred.
This type of orange is sweet, thin-skinned, and packs a stronger and more complex flavor than navels. Choose fruit that feels heavier for its size because it will contain the most juice. To make sure that the orange expresses itself well in this cider, use white sugar for fermentation. The flavor of white sugar is simple and concentrated, which makes it a perfect fit in this recipe. After you prepare your fresh orange juice, you can combine the other ingredients to get started.
Use the Alchema app to follow along with quick and effortless step-by-step instructions. The app will do all of the measuring for you and will tell you exactly how much of each ingredient you’ve added as you go. The fermentation time for this recipe is five days, so your delicious cider will be ready for you in less than a week! Your finished orange cider will have a balance of sweetness and tartness that dances on your tongue from beginning to end. Serve your beautiful pale, yellow-colored cider in a collins glass with some ice. As the ice melts, the drink will change in a good way as it’s slowly diluted.
Wipe the rim of your glass with the inner portion of an orange peel twist, and then drop it into your cider. The oils in the peel will bring a boost of brightness and natural aroma into your glass without any additional acidity. This cider is light enough to enjoy any time of the year, by itself or with a meal, as a tasty dessert wine style beverage. Another fun way to enjoy this cider it to sip on it while snacking on some Doritos! The tartness from the citrus flavor marries nicely with the heavy flavor of the chips.
It’s five o’clock somewhere, right? The sun may be setting soon, but your night is about to feel a whole lot sunnier as you sit back and enjoy this citrus-packed orange cider.