It hasn’t been totally cold outside this winter (aside from the Houston Snow Day), so warm drinks haven’t come into my rotation much. For the longest time, though, I wanted to learn to do homemade apple cider, and I got the chance with a fantastic variety of apples. I was gifted a box of these beauties to see what I could do with them.
Pazazz Apples are a really neat variety. They’re super juicy, with a thin, crisp skin, like Honeycrisp apples, but they’re small, enough to eat without a friend. I don’t know about you, but I have literally picked up Honeycrisp apples the size of my head! They’re also in season after the fall, so if you like to have a good crisp apple after the fall is over, these are a great variety to try. I was really excited to try these out, and I thought there was no better way to experience the taste than to experiment with making my own cider.
I didn’t make this cider in the traditional sense. Instead of using dark liquor, I used a light, lemon vodka to add to the taste. I also didn’t add any extra sugar, because these apples didn’t need it, they were sweet enough without having to add additional sweeteners. I like apple cider, but I often find that it’s a little too sweet for my liking and I have to water it down anyway. I liked making my own because I was able to temper the sweetness. I started out without sweetener, and it turned out great.
Check out the recipe below, and let me know if you have a favorite way to make homemade apple cider! Do you like yours spiked, or without alcohol? What kinds of apples do you tend to use in your recipe? I would love to hear see your comments below, so don’t forget to leave me one!