Now that the weather is getting cooler and apple-picking season is upon us, I can’t think of a better time to enjoy some warm, festive beverages such as cider. Having originated in Western Asia, apples are a part of the rose family, and have over 7,500 known varieties (source). Apples boast various health benefits including but not limited to: lowered risk of asthma and lung cancer, reduction of cholesterol, lowered risk of heart issues and blood sugar regulation (source). Raw apples are a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C (source).
More appropriately referred to as “mulled cider” due to the addition of various spices, this apple cider recipe includes fresh oranges for added flavor.
Spiced Apple Orange Cider
Yields approximately 2 pints or 1 quart
2 whole oranges
8-10 medium red apples, quartered with seeds/stems discarded
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 whole cloves
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
8-10 cups water
Peel oranges and divide into pieces. Add both peel and slices to large pot along with apples.
In a quadruple layered piece of cheesecloth, place cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cloves. Gather ends and tie with kitchen string. Place in pot.
Add sugars and water to pot and bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Continue to boil for 1 hour, or until cider has boiled down.
Remove cider from heat and strain into a large bowl. Strain a second time with fine mesh strainer to remove any smaller remaining solids.
Allow to cool slightly before consuming.