Fresh Pressed Orange Spiced Cider

Apples, everywhere!  For the whole month of September, all I saw was apple recipes everywhere.  Yet not a single cider recipe!  I mentioned last week that we picked apples at Gram’s house.  Well, Gram’s apples aren’t perfect (they had a few skin blemishes) but they were perfect for cider!

pressed-apple-ciderI managed to con a helper into assisting me with an ancient cider press.
And here’s the press itself:  homemade, ca. 1980 or possibly earlier.
The motor runs a grinding mechanism to chew up the apples, but then the press must be cranked by hand.
That presses all the juices through, to be collected like precious drops of nectar.
We saved a bunch for our fresh pressed cider and homemade doughnut party, but we also started a batch of hard cider!
Like milk, cider should be pasteurized to kill off any bacteria before drinking.  Just heat it up to 160*F.  I prefer to use sweet apples to make cider so that it doesn’t need to be sweetened.  Ciders are best when they are a blend of apples.  This one had Cortland, Macintosh, and Golden Delicious.
pressed-apple-ciderNow spice it up!  I like my ciders with a really mild spice, but since we were having a party, I tried it two ways.  The first was with Penzeys mulling spices.  I used 1 tbs in 2 qts of cider.  It was strong!  Penzeys uses mace in their spice, and it had quite a bite!
mulling-spices-penzeysThe other spice I tried was much more mild.  I based it on a variety of recipes, including the roasting element that I only saw in this recipe here.  It starts by pan toasting a cinnamon stick, some whole cloves, and I threw in some whole allspice.  I’m sure the peppercorns would have been good too, but I was trying to keep this milder.  I definitely wish I’d used two cinnamon sticks though.
mulling-spicesThe apple cider gets poured right over the toasted bits and heated to boiling.  Then turn down to a simmer and add some orange slices.  The cider is smiling!
mulled-apple-ciderSimmer for 30 minutes, then let it cool a bit and serve it up with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick!
spiced-apple-ciderMmmmm so good!  I really love the orange in here – the CFE recipe says you can use lemons, limes or oranges, but I really couldn’t imagine this recipe with anything other than oranges.
Fresh Pressed Orange Spiced Cider

Fresh Pressed Orange Spiced Cider

Spiced Cider is the perfect answer to cool weather - pair it with a fresh donut and enjoy!


  • 2 dried cinnamon sticks
  • 5 to 7 whole dried cloves
  • 5 to 7 whole dried allspice berries
  • 2 qts apple cider
  • half a large orange, sliced
  • Cinnamon sticks and/or oranges to garnish


  1. Heat up the cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice berries in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant (1 to 2 minutes).
  2. Pour in the apple cider and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and add the orange slices. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Cool slightly and serve with garnish!

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