We are approaching mid-October and still seeing daytime temperatures over 90°F in Southern California. I’m not a cold weather lover, but I do like to have 4 separate seasons and I do appreciate it greatly when we dip into the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s so I can wear my boots, jeans and sweaters and start cooking hearty soups, stews and sip warm drinks by the fire!
Having spent the weekend sweating and getting a sunburn, it was so exciting to wake up today to a gloomy, overcast morning. I turned off the air conditioner, opened up all the windows to let the cool outside air in and grabbed a sweatshirt. Then, even better, I remembered that I have a bowl of apples on the kitchen counter. It’s Cider Time!
Spicy Pressure Cooker Apple Cider
- 12 Apples (I use a mixture of Granny Smith and Fuji)
- 1-2 Navel Oranges
- 3 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
- 6-8 Whole Cloves
- 1+ 1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom (or 2 Pods)
- 8 Cups Water
- Core the Apples
- Cut the Apples and Oranges into Quarters
- Place Fruit into the Inner Pot of Pressure Cooker
- Add the Spices
- Cover with Water
- Close the Pressure Cooker, set to High Pressure and Cook for a 10 minute cycle
- Quick Release the Pressure and Mash Up the Fruit at the end of the cycle. I use my 3 sided steel meat tenderizer and get after it to make sure the oils from the skin of the apples get agitated and the oils release from the orange skins
- Reclose the Pressure Cooker, set to High Pressure and Cook for an additional 10 minute cycle.
- When cooking is complete, unplug the Pressure Cooker and allow to come back to natural pressure on its own.
- Strain cider through a fine mesh sieve (I use the back of a ladle to push as much out of the solids as I can) into a large bowl or pitcher. You can transfer to a tea kettle on the stove, your crock pot, or a pan to keep warm if you are planning to drink the cider immediately.
- Serve with a thin slice of apple or orange and a cinnamon stick if desired.
- You can also add cider to bourbon, champagne, or make a fun fall martini with it
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