There’s something about fresh apple cider in the fall and winter months that is so comforting! It’s very versatile. You can enjoy it for a special event, in place of your morning coffee, or even to help warm you up when you’re not feeling well.
See this recipe for homemade apple cider syrup to easily make your own!
Why Make Apple Cider Syrup?
If you’re used to the store-bought packets of apple cider, this recipe is a must try! We have several homemade syrup recipes on the blog, and they can be used for so many things.
Here are a few of my favorite uses:
First, syrups are great on breakfast foods. You can add them to your pancakes or waffles, or french toast in place of pancake syrup. This is a great idea for anyone who doesn’t like typical maple syrup.
If apples are a favorite ingredient for desserts, this recipe can go in just about any dessert recipe in place of maple syrup. You can even add a teaspoon to bump up apple flavoring in pies and more! I love a good homemade apple pie, but sometimes the sugar and cinnamon can overtake the mild flavor of the Granny Smith apples. Try using this boiled cider over your apples prior to cooking!
For summer time, this apple cider syrup is amazing on vanilla ice cream or just to drizzle over your favorite apple cobbler recipe. This easy syrup doesn’t have to be a winter-only recipe!
You might ask, can this syrup also be used for savory dishes? The answer is absolutely! In Oklahoma, some of our most popular main dish dinners include chicken. We love mixing sweet and salty, and this apple cider syrup is no exception. Drizzle over pork prior to cooking, or dip your favorite fried chicken tenders into it for tons of flavor. It also makes a fun change up if you love chicken and waffles with syrup! This syrup will work with many chicken recipes! I would recommend using in place of honey or maple syrup.
This recipe starts with concentrated apple juice, thawed. You can find it in the frozen section at the local grocery store. It thaws out easily overnight in the fridge, or — as long as there are no metal pieces on the can– you can thaw in the microwave for 30 second bursts. Open the can prior to microwaving.
Next, you will need a cup of dark brown sugar. I definitely prefer dark brown sugar to add to the dry ingredients for this recipe, so for a nice, deep brown apple syrup this is a must have. If you’ve made a simple syrup before, you might be aware that the ratio of liquid to sugar is 1:1. So, this is a simple recipe to double up if you plan to can the syrup, or gift to someone else!
The other ingredients include cinnamon, nutmeg and unsweetened applesauce.
You will bring all the ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan on medium heat. If you have cinnamon sticks rather than ground cinnamon, allow them to sit in your mixture as long as possible as it cooks. Remember, cider cooks down and becomes thicker as it boils. Do not allow your mixture to be on high heat or the hot syrup can scorch on the bottom of the pan. Stir frequently and allow about 15 minutes of cook time over medium to low. It should be 212 degrees F on a candy thermometer as it cooks. If your stove top is not reliable, be sure to keep an eye on this mixture as it boils.
Serving the Syrup
The syrup will cook down somewhat but the final amount should be close to your original volume. Remember, this is not a candy. It should be a pourable syrup when it’s finished cooking. Allow to cool completely to room temperature before storing. My favorite way to store and display this apple cider syrup is with a glass container. You can find them on Amazon or at your local craft stores. These self sealing containers are beautiful to look at, and make it easy to pour cider or add to your favorite recipe.
I hope you enjoy this apple cider syrup recipe. It’s a fun one to make and enjoy on a cool fall day, or just about any time of year in place of traditional maple syrup! Be sure to see links below for some good options to use this syrup on. Print your recipe with recipe card below.
- 1 cup concentrated apple juice, thawed (120 ml)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar (100g)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce (15 ml)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Add ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat
Once boiling, drop to low and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Pour syrup into a container and let cool.
Allow to cool to room temperature, then be sure to refrigerate. Syrup is homemade, so it does not have the preservatives typical store-bought syrups do. It's best to use any homemade syrup up within a week, unless it is canned/preserved properly.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g
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