I love apple cider. Love, love, love. It's my favorite thing about fall.
The only thing more satisfying than buying a jug of apple cider at the grocery store is making it. Yes, making it.
Don't run away! It's really not that hard! Just cut up some apples, cover with water, add some spices, and simmer away. Bonus: free air freshener for your house.
It's really that simple. I use cinnamon and cloves. Some folks like to add an orange, and even nutmeg. Then there's the sugar vs. no sugar debate. Some insist that you have to use a variety of apples to get a more complex flavor. The apples I used here were a combination of Braeburn, Golden Delicious, and Gala. Maybe even a mystery apple or two that was lurking in the back of the fridge. But from spices to sugar to apple varieties, it's whatever floats your boat.
When your house smells so good you just can't wait anymore, strain out the apple solids, and pour yourself a cuppa.