Homemade apple cider is not only easy to prepare at home, but it is also healthier. Naturally sweetened with apples and a little extra flavor added with nutrient rich maple syrup, this drink is the perfect thing to warm a chilly fall evening. Enjoy this healthy non-alcoholic drink as soon as the leaves begin to change and throughout the entire holiday season.
Finding the perfect apple cider drink is a tough challenge, especially when there are so many convenient solutions at the local market. Unfortunately, these drinks are sometimes filled with preservatives. Making this hot maple apple cider at home means you get the rich taste of a maple cider, but there is no need to worry about any unhealthy ingredients. It is the perfect alternative to coffee and tea during the height of the apple picking season. Using fresh apples you picked yourself makes this drink even more of a treat.
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This recipe has been contributed by Nancy Lopez-McHugh: a food writer, photographer, and author of “Yummy Pics: A Food Blogger’s Guide to Better Photos”. Her award winning blog, Spicie Foodie, is where she showcases her passion for healthy, fresh and delicious recipes. She is a firm believer of fulling the body with healthy, clean and unprocessed foods. Join Nancy on Facebook for more tasty recipes.
Yields: 3 1/4 cups | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 129 | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 2 mg | Carbohydrates: 34.3 g | Dietary Fiber: 5.0 g | Sugars: 27.1 g | Protein: 0 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7 |
- 1 3/4 poung sweet apples (I used Jonathan variety) organic *
- 2 tablespoons all natural organic maple syrup
- 1 cinnamon stick
- *If concerned about pesticides use organic apples otherwise you can peel them first before using for safe results.
- Clean and cut the apples into wedges, remove core and seeds. Place the apple wedges, cinnamon stick, and maple syrup into a deep pot. Pour enough water to cover the apples by 1 inch (2.5 cm). Partially cover the pot and simmer for 2 hours -at which time the apples should be completely broken down.
- Pour through a fine sieve or cheese cloth. Serve warm or if consuming later allow to cool before storing in the refrigerator.
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