Infusing Your Own Hard Cider at Home
We love all the types of hard cider that keep coming out. While it’s always been a popular beverage throughout much of Europe, it hadn’t really flourished in the United States until the late 90’s. Even then, good hard cider was hard to find. Fast forward to present day and hard cider keeps gaining momentum, which is wonderful for cider lovers!
While trying new ciders is fun, it’s even more fun to take your old standby’s and creating your own unique flavor. What do I mean? Simply put, you can infuse hard cider in your own kitchen (and it’s so freaking simple!). With just a handful of ingredients, you can transform your fave cider and take its flavor profile to new levels. Here’s how:
Gather the ingridients and tools. You’ll need:
- Hard cider
- French press or a glass + mesh strainer
- Your choice of flavor infusions
If you’re using the French press, pour the cider in and throw in your flavor infusion(s). Depending on what your infusing, it could take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Spices and the like will require less time (i.e. 5-ish minutes) while cut up fruits may need closer to 15 minutes.
Once it’s done infusing, SLOWLY push the plunger down all the way.
If you are using a glass and strainer, simply infuse it in the glass and use the strainer to strain the flavor infusions.
Pour and enjoy!
A few tips and ideas:
-If you are adding sweeter flavors (i.e. fruit, Atomic Fireball candy, etc.) I’d advise starting with a dry cider. The sugars from the infusers will add enough sweetness.
-Pucker up by adding freshly chopped apples. This will create a sour-ish cider!
-Experiment with fun ingredients like hops and fresh ginger. Herbs like basil can also add unique profiles to an already great cider!
At the end of the day, have some fun with your friends while experimenting in your kitchen. Cheers!