Chatter has been asking for Apple Cider since the first chilly morning in October. After seeing how high apple cider was-I bought a gallon of apple juice and decided I'd make my own version of apple cider to please Chatter.
I had completely forgotten about the killing frost that took out much of the Apple crop until a few of you reminded me-that is the reason for highly priced apples/apple products.
I got out my Foxfire Appalachian Cookery book and found a recipe for Merry Brew. The recipe is simple-but I didn't have all the ingredients on hand-so I went with what I had.
I poured 2 quarts of apple juice in a pot-and added 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 sticks of cinnamon,
and 1 tablespoon of whole cloves-which I tied up in a piece of cheese cloth. I brought the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
The mixture I created filled Chatter's longing for apple cider-but to tell you the truth-I think it tasted more like Russian Tea than apple cider. In yesterday's comments-I noticed several of you said you put whole apples in your homemade apple cider-I'm definitely going to try that next time.
If you have your own recipe for homemade apple cider-me and Chatter hope you'll leave a comment and share it with us!