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A Holiday Apple Cider Bar + Printable Freebies

12.13.2011


Apple Cider is a staple in our house this time of year… the smell alone makes me dream of warm and cozy places, like nestling by a fire after a day of skiing or opening the first present under the tree on Christmas eve.  Everyone prefers their cider prepared a bit differently, so I decided to put together a complete apple cider bar, to be enjoyed by all whether at a large party or small family gathering. 

To encourage people to get creative, an assortment of cider toppings includes cinnamon sticks, cranberry juice, bourbon and salted caramel sauce.  A variety of fresh apples (Macintosh, Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious) garnishes the wooden kitchen cart and adds a pop of fresh, seasonal color.  Tip: whether you serve your cider cold in a dispenser or warm from the stove, cut some thin slices of whole apple from the center of the core, and toss them into your cider for garnish.

The recipe for homemade cider is below, along with a link to FREE printable labels, designed by yours truly and available in either round or standard labels.

Happy Holidays! 




 photos © cake. 2011

Download Free Printable Labels HERE 
Homemade Apple Cider

Ingredients 
10 apples
quartered 3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground allspice

Directions 
Place apples in a large stockpot and add enough water cover by at least 2 inches. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 1 hour. Cover pot, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours. Strain apple mixture though a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids. Drain cider again though a cheesecloth lined sieve. Refrigerate until cold if desired.

Nicole @ Tradewind Tiaras (December 13, 2011 at 8:24 AM)  

Mmm, I've never made cider starting with actual whole apples! Must give it a try!!

Andrea @ The Worley House (December 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM)  

That's really pretty! I love how rustic and charming it is!

RoeandLee (December 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM)  

Beautiful! Love the cinnamon sticks in the mason jars!

Nina Designs (December 14, 2011 at 1:10 AM)  

Never tried it (not common where I live) but I think it looks yummy!

Cake. (December 14, 2011 at 10:09 PM)  

Thanks for the feedback. Glad you liked it!

Anonymous –  (October 16, 2012 at 6:04 PM)  

The apples didn't break down at all. Is that how it's supposed to be?

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