Homemade Ice Cider Recipe

Enjoy a new favorite in the comfort of your home by brewing ice cider that is delicious and sure to impress friends and family.

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    This style of ice cider is rising in popularity and pairs perfectly with desserts, cheeses, and entrees.
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    “The Joy of Brewing Cider, Mead, and Herbal Wine: How to Craft Seasonal Fast-Brew Favorites at Home” by Nancy Koziol guides readers through home brewing cider, mead, and herbal wine in simple, easy to follow steps. Readers learn about ethical consumption, sustainable farming and the science of fermenting all while waiting a matter of weeks for the brews to be complete.
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This style is rising in popularity, and while it takes a few extra steps and extra ingredients, you can make it at home and wow your friends. When pairing ice cider, avoid overly sweet dishes. Sweets will bring out the acid in the cider and kill the palate.

Follow the basic recipe with the following modifications:

  1. Freeze five gallons of fresh pressed apple juice or cider in a cleaned and sanitized PET carboy.
  2. Slowly allow it to melt and separate the juice from the ice. Do this by placing the PET carboy over a sanitized barrel to collect the juice.
  3. Ice cider is a difficult fermentation, so make sure to use yeast nutrient even if you usually skip it when making cider.

Pairing Suggestions:

Dessert: Cheesecake, lemon bars

Entrée: Chicken cordon bleu, Monte Cristo sandwiches, bacon-wrapped dates

Charcuterie Board: Blue cheese, sharp cheddar, aged Gouda, Brie, prosciutto, bacon, pears, raspberries


Level: Novice

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