Servings: A crowd
Total time: 4 hours
for the apple cider:
4 1/2 pounds gala apples, quartered
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground allspice
4 cinnamon sticks
for the hard cider:
8 cups apple cider
8 cups apple juice (store bought)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
5 cinnamon sticks
3 cups 190 proof everclear
1. Make the cider: In a large saucepan, cover the apples, sugar, allspice, and cinnamon sticks with 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 1 hour. Cover and cook 2 hours longer, then cool slightly.
2. Once cool, strain the apples through a fine mesh strainer, discarding the solids.
3. In a large saucepan, combine the cider, apple juice, sugar, and cinnamon and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes, then add in the everclear.
4. Place the cinnamon sticks in jars and top each with hard cider. Makes about 13 cups of cider.