You’ve most likely heard the expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Having an apple for a quick and healthy snack is great, but what’s even more fun is drinking them… with alcohol!
Skip the fluorescent green appletinis. We’re talking about one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world - apple cider! Who doesn’t love its perfect balance of sweet-tart flavor? If you’re new to home brewing, this recipe is a great place to start when creating your first batch of homemade cider. Making your own hard cider is fun and simple! All you’ll need to get started is apple juice, sugar, and yeast. Since apple juice is the primary source of flavor for this recipe, it’s very important to use a good quality juice. You can easily find juice or sweet cider at most grocery stores which will be labeled “pasteurized.”
Make sure that the cider has no chemical preservatives (like sodium benzoate and potassium sulfate) since these will kill your yeast and any chance of fermentation. A sweet cider or apple juice with a cloudy, brown appearance and a collection of sediment at the bottom will provide the best flavor.
Here are some recommendations:
- Musselman’s Apple Cider
- Whole Foods 365 Organic Apple Juice
- Santa Cruz Organics Apple Juice
- Fresh cider from a local orchard or farmers market
Use the Alchema app to follow along with quick and effortless step-by-step instructions for making your cider. The app will do all of the measuring for you and tell you exactly how much of each ingredient you’ve added as you go. The fermentation time for this recipe is six days.
Your finished apple cider will be crisp and pleasantly tart. Add one ice cube to your glass since too much ice will dilute the flavor. When slight dilution begins, you will notice that the sweetness and floral aroma of the cider become present. This simple and refreshing beverage is so versatile that you can pair it with almost anything. If you’re a fan of Doritos, try munching on some while sipping away at your homemade cider. The tartness from the fermented apples will mingle in with the heavy texture of the chips, and the floral aroma will make them taste even better. Try it for yourself!
Simple apple cider is great for any season or occasion. If you want to experiment with some more flavor, try adding cinnamon sticks, cardamom, nutmeg, or cloves. If you prefer a sweeter taste, you can also add some honey to your next batch. Your friends and family won’t mind taste-testing all of your creative concoctions. Welcome to the incredible world of cider making!