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Maria Provenzano shows how to make her Apple Cider recipe in honor of National Apple Cider Day.
Maria’s Homemade Apple Cider
Seasonal Event:
Thanksgiving, Christmas
  • 10-12 apples; half sweet, half tart
  • 1 orange; optional
  • 1 tablespoon homemade pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks; optional
  • Water
  • 1/3-1 cup brown sugar, or honey
  • cheesecloth


  1. Cut the apples and orange into quarters and place in a large pot
  2. Sprinkle in 1 heaping tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice (for a homemade recipe search "homemade pumpkin pie spice on
  3. Add in the cinnamon sticks
  4. Fill the pot with water until the apples are covered by an inch or two
  5. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer
  6. Allow to cook for an hour with the top on
  7. After an hour, remove the top and smash the apples to release their juices using a potato masher, or something similar
  8. Add in 1/3 cup brown sugar; taste, and add a little more if needed
  9. Simmer for another hour with the lid on
  10. After an hour taste the cider to see if you need to add more sugar or honey, and add as much as you like
  11. Pour the cider over a strainer lined with cheesecloth into another large pot
  12. Allow to drain until the apples are cool enough to touch
  13. Bring the ends of the cheese cloth together and tie so that you can squeeze more of the juice out of the apples
  14. This will leave you with a luscious, and smooth cider
  15. Adjust spices and sweetness as needed; if the flavor is too strong you can add more water
  16. Serve warm
  17. If there is some left over, let it cool, and store in the fridge for about 5 days

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