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30-minute mulled blackberry cider recipe! This simple, homemade blackberry apple cider cooks on your stove top and makes your house smell amazing!
Hi, Rhubarbarians. It's cider time!
I'm keeping up with tradition and sharing our yearly cider recipe! Every year, we make a different cider for the start of fall. I've shared a few here on the blog, and this year I'm sharing BLACKBERRY CIDER!
It's one of my favorite traditions, because it's really easy, but the coziness factor is through the roof. Homemade cider makes your entire house smell like a fall dream! I love that this can be a cozy, warm your soul drink, or a refreshing, cold beverage and it will be amazingly tasty either way.
Last year, we tried concord grape cider. The year before it was tropical pineapple cider with rum. This year, I let the Pacific Northwest gal in me shine through and used fresh blackberries. It was everything I hoped it would be. THAT COLOR! Blackberries and cider spices marry so well together, and it was the perfect recipe for our beginning of fall tradition this year.
How to make homemade blackberry apple cider:
Making your own cider is incredibly simple. You just simmer some liquid, some fruit, and some spices in a pot until all the flavors combine and you've got a spiced, fall drink.
First, combine your ingredients in a large pot on the stove. Bring to a boil, and reduce the heat to simmer. Simmer until your fruit has released all it's juices into your cider and the spices have released their flavors as well, about 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and let cool slightly. Strain well and enjoy! That's it!
Notes about making homemade cider:
- I don't feel the need to add any sweetener to my homemade fruit cider, but for a sweeter cider you can add sugar or any sweetener you'd like. Start with about ¼ cup and go from there.
- I tested this recipe with the cinnamon sticks sitting in the cider while it cools, and it was way to cinnamony. Make sure you remove the cinnamon sticks immediately when the timer goes off.
- This cider is made with unfiltered apple juice, which is the thicker, cloudier apple juice. This makes for a richer, cozier cider recipe. If you'd like a lighter, juicier cider, feel free to use filtered apple juice.
- Make sure you don't use apple cider! It will be too heavily spiced. Use apple juice!
- You will need to strain this cider through a fine mesh sieve. If you don't have one, you can line a large sieve with cheesecloth and it will work very well.
- This blackberry cider will stain like crazy! Be careful and don't let your toddler carry it around LOL!
30-minute mulled blackberry cider
- 10 cups fresh blackberries
- 4 cups unsweetened, unfiltered apple juice
- 6 4" cinnamon sticks
- 2 whole star anise
- 40 whole cloves
- 40 whole allspice berries
- Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large pot or dutch oven. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring a few times to make sure the blackberries cook down.
- Remove from heat. Remove the cinnamon sticks and let sit for 5-10 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth. Repeat if necessary.
- Enjoy warm right away or refrigerate for a cold cider drink. Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.
I hope you’ll give this homemade blackberry cider a try! Snap a pic and give me a shout on social media #Rhubarbarians!
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