Today we are revealing a secret. A very special secret too. The recipe for our (famed) cider which has been responsible for many an interesting night. It is quick, delicious and pretty much free – especially if you can take advantage of the kilos of free apples that are currently weighing down our hedgerows.
It is the studio special speedy spiced seven day scrumped cider.
Now, we cannot actually lay full claim to this recipe as it was based on one found in an ancient book, but we can safely say it is the easiest way to create a rather tasty cider in record time with hardly any equipment.
To create around 8 litres of cider you will need:
one clean 12 litre bucket 2kg sugar 3kg apples – wild, foraged apples if you can as they are *free* 8 litres water 5cm fresh ginger a few cinnamon sticks 5 lemons – juice and peel a blender
First off – scrub the bucket with hot soapy water, rinse and allow to drain. Then, tip all of the sugar into the bucket. Take the apples, pull out the stalk, then chop into half, then half again. There is no need to take out the core. Stick a couple of handfuls into the blender with 500ml of cold water (part of the overall 8 litres), then blend to a rough pulp. Chuck it into the bucket on top of the sugar. Repeat with all the apples, taking note of how much water you use overall. Once all the apples have been blended, add to the bucket any water that still remains of your overall 8 litres.
Stir the contents of the bucket slowly yet thoroughly, dissolving the sugar sitting at the bottom. Throw in the spices and the lemon juice and peel, cover with a clean cloth then sit it in a cool place. Each morning and evening for a week, uncover and stir well (it will discolour like the picture above – this is fine), then on the 8th day, sieve out the apple pulp and store in clean plastic bottles.
The cider can be drunk straight away, but is better if it ages for a month or so. It is even better hot.
But don’t ask us how alcoholic it is. We have no idea, but based on our own experience we would say quite. It is also quite delicious, so why not take advantage of the incredible apple harvest this year and give it a go? Would be great stored away for Christmas…
(images by claire potter)