I look forward to cold weather for only a few reasons and one is hot apple cider!

The recipe does take a little time, but your house will smell amazing and you'll end up with some homemade cider.  Apples and cinnamon, yum!  The recipe I'm sharing is very basic, only four ingredients, but you can always add caramel or salt... or vodka....or rum to make it how you like it!

Here's what you'll need:

10 apples (I chose gala, but any apples will do)
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp ground allspice

Cube your apples, you can leave the skins on.  Add them to a big pot and add enough water to cover the apples, about a gallon of water should do.  Grab a coffee filter or cheesecloth and fill it with the spices, tie shut.  Add your little spice bag to the water along with the sugar and bring it to a boil.  Boil for one hour, uncovered.  Bring down your heat to low and allow the cider to simmer for two more hours.  Once your simmering is complete, let the cider cool.

Use a whisk or potato masher to mash up the apples while still in the liquid.  Lay down a coffee filter or cheesecloth in your colander.  Set this on top of a bowl and strain your apple mash.  You can use an additional filter to squeeze out the juice from the mash as well.

And there you have it!  Homemade apple cider perfect for staying warm in the winter!