Last week, I shared with you my go-to basic hard cider recipe. This week, I’m sharing my favorite alternative version of this recipe, CRANBERRY!
I’ll be honest with you, I don’t like sweet hard ciders. I’m not much of a sweet drinker in general, I don’t drink soda and I not big into candy. I think that is why I love cranberry hard cider. It’s more tart than your average hard cider. (Or it has something to do with the fact that I love cranberries. Must come from all those summers I spent growing up on Cape Cod.)
Here’s how you make an amazing cranberry hard cider.
- Four gallons of apple juice – this can be from a local farm, grocery store or from concentrate. Just make sure it doesn’t have any preservatives in it. (That would kill the yeast.)
- One gallon of pure cranberry juice. Same rules as above.
- 1 packet of champaign yeast
STEP ONE: Sanitize your carboy.
STEP TWO: Pour in your four gallons of apple juice.
STEP THREE: Add one gallon of cranberry juice.
STEP FOUR: Pitch your yeast.
STEP FIVE: Add your airlock.
STEP SIX: Relax.
Keep an eye on your carboy and in about a month it should be ready to keg or bottle. Enjoy!
What is your favorite version of hard cider?
[Photo Credit: Cranberry Juice.]