So we came up with this recipe... and it's awesome! I'm not really an alcohol drinker myself, but I can get behind this hooch! Last year, we made a big batch and gifted them out. This year, we've made a big batch already... and gone through 3 bottles ourselves, heheh. I think we're going to have to do another batch up if we want to give any away. Why we didn't get a recipe posted last year, I have no idea.
This would be a great treat to take to any houses you visit for the holidays! Or to have for your company if you're hosting holidays. Justin's family is expecting to visit us for Christmas this year and I have a feeling they will now be expecting apple hooch! We better save a few bottles!
I just said to Justin, "What tunes do you want to use?" He said the Buzzcocks, and then when I began looking something up, he goes, "Wait! Have we used Tiger Army's "In The Orchard" yet?" Haa! Apropos. -jen
|Cinnamon, allspice, cloves, star anise|
Curing Time: 3 weeks
Makes: 5.5- 750ml bottles (about a gallon and a quart)
- 2 large whole cinnamon sticks
- 1 star anise pod
- 8-10 allspice berries
- 5-7 whole cloves
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 gallon of fresh pressed apple cider
- 1 large bottle (750ml) Everclear, 151 proof
Note: We did the conversion of alcohol content once the cider was added, and it comes to about 12%, which is comparable to most wines. If you wanted less alcohol, you could substitute 80 proof vodka for the Everclear and you'd get a hooch that's about 6% alcohol, which is more like an ale.