Homemade Apple Cider

I was sent this recipe from a water company and made it and it was beyond amazing! We are normally not huge apple cider people but I could drink this daily! That is how amazing it was! I received my Christmas cards from Minted.com and listened to Christmas music while sipping on these apple cider and it was honestly a perfect moment! Plus the smell of this stuff cooking is amazing! My house smelled good all day long! 

·         12 medium apples, assorted types
·         2 oranges
·         4 cinnamon sticks
·         1 whole nutmeg
·         1 Tbsp. whole cloves
·         1 tsp. whole allspice
·         7 bottles of water (16.9 oz bottles)
·         1/2 – 1 cup brown sugar
1.    Wash the apples and oranges, and then roughly cut into quarters. (Don’t worry about removing peels, seeds, or stems.)  Place in a large stock pot.  Add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.  Cover with Jeju 16 Water, filling the pot until it is nearly full. Bring to a simmer over high heat, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
2.    Once the apples have softened after an hour or two, use a potato masher (or tongs or the side of a spoon) to mash the apple and orange slices once they are soft.  Cook for one more hour.
3.    Strain out the apple cider into a clean pitcher or pot.  To get the maximum juice out of the apples, you can press them through a fine-mesh strainer or strain through a cheese cloth.  Stir in your desired amount of sweetener until it is dissolved.
4.    Serve hot.

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