5Granny Smith Applescored and quartered (peeling is optional depending on desired consistency-the peels leave the cider thicker and more full bodied)
2teaspoonspure vanilla extract
1cupred wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1/2cuppure maple syrup
1orangecut in half
1inchpiece of ginger
Place the wine, maple syrup, honey, water, cinnamon sticks, orange, cloves, peppercorns, and ginger in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Be careful to watch while simmering as to avoid the mixture from boiling over. (Don't leave it unattended unless you want a big mess!) Once simmered for 15 minutes, remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl or measuring cup. Discard solids (orange pieces and spices). Let cool 5 minutes.
You need a liquid total of 5 cups, so measure the wine mixture and add water to compensate for the volume of liquid
For Blendtec: Process in two batches. Add 2.5 quartered apples, half the vanilla and half the wine mixture. Use the SOUP button or Manual Speed to 9/HIGH, and blend until mixture is smooth and heated to desired temperature, usually 3-4 minutes is very hot!
For Vitamix: Use 64 oz container (if only have a smaller 48 oz/40 oz. container process in two batches so split apples & liquid in half) Place the quartered apples in blender container with the vanilla extract. Pour wine mixture over the apples. Start on Variable Speed 1, slowly increase to Variable Speed 10/HIGH and blend 4-6 minutes or until desired temperature is reached, preferably steaming!
The cider will be hot. Pour into heat-safe container. Let cool 5 min.
You can serve immediately, as is, with desired toppings, or chill in the refrigerator overnight for cold cider. Refrigerate in airtight pitcher or container for up to a week. Reheat later in microwave, on stovetop, or throw back in Vitamix or Blendtec to reheat.
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1. If you do not have whole cinnamon sticks or cloves on hand, you may use the powdered version. Add a little at a time, so as to not over-spice. 2. If you like less sweet, reduce honey and maple syrup a bit.