A friend passed a new cider recipe to me last year. I say new but it was only new to me. In fact it’s really old. It was found in the attic of a local lady who died a ripe old age having lived all her life in a fishing village close to here. The fishermen have reduced in numbers and the second home owners have moved in, but the cider recipe remained undiscovered until now. Well how could I resist. I tried it out and have since been enjoying the results. It’s a ‘no press’ recipe, which makes it very cheap and practically free if you can find some wild apples. However, this means it’s not as strong as most ciders, but it’s very easy to make, light and very drinkable… especially when cold. Yum!
Make a ‘much’ out of 1 third apples to 2 thirds water. Wait a week stirring night and morning (keeping covered with muslin) then add some raisins and blitz when the apples are soft. Wait a day. Add 3 level tsp brewers yeast and 1 Lb sugar and blitz again. Wait a few days and strain. Add juice of 3 lemons and more sugar if needed. Strain into strong bottles (be careful it has quite a fizz) or demijohns, racking when necessary to remove the sediment.