Apple Cider Two Ways

“Well I got her number, how do you like them apples?” Yes, it’s our favorite quote from  Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting and is yet another thing that proves apples are awesome…and in season right now. What’s another fall fever recipe to make with them? Apple cider of course. Here’s how to do it two ways…

Homemade Apple Cider:

how to make apple cider from scratch


8-10 Apples, Quartered, seeds removed*

1/2 cup Sugar

1/4 cup Honey

3 whole Cinnamon Sticks

1 Whole Clove

2 ribbons of Orange Peel

2 teaspoons All Spice


Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot. Pour in enough cold water to cover the apples by 1/2″. Bring to a boil, boil uncovered for 35 minutes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot with a lid, simmer for 2 hours.

Remove from the heat and let cool. Using a potato masher, mash the apples to release the extra flavor. Strain the mixture through a sieve so that all that remains is the liquid and all solids are removed.  Store for jars for up to a week.

*This recipe can also be made in a crockpot. Place all ingredients in the pot and cook on low for 8 hours. Mash and strain after it is finished cooking in the crockpot.

Warm Bourbon Apple Cider:



2 cups Apple Cider, store-bought or homemade

1 cup Bourbon

2 whole Cinnamon Sticks

1 whole Clove

1 whole Star Anise

1/2 teaspoon Allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger


Combine all ingredients except the Bourbon in a medium sauce pot. Bring to a rolling simmer and turn off the heat.  Strain out the solids and return to the liquid to the pot. Add the bourbon.  Stir well and keep warm to serve.

Photographed by Alli Shepherd.