A little over a month ago my sister had her baby. This was a really exciting time for us because my oldest sister and her partner were home for the occasion . To prepare for the family celebration I decided to make a cider for us to enjoy. I love raspberries... actually it goes beyond love it's an obsession. It's taken me to the highest highs, and lowest lows. One example of that was when I attempted to make chocolate raspberry bbq chicken wings... that was a VERY bad idea. Don't ever do it. It was the worst, seriously... Anyway, I thought that a raspberry cider would be a great redemption story to that fiasco and a great way for the family to celebrate the newest member our clan.
Unfortunately I didn't have the foresight to see that between my sisters being home and having a newborn around there wasn't going to be ANY time to bottle. It fermented too long making the alcohol percentage higher than normal. It was more like wine than cider so I had to get creative to avoid it from tasting like a bottle of Girls Night Out. Ain't nobody got time for that! What I came up with was to make a raspberry concentrate to counteract the wine flavour that was coming through. It worked and made this thing really tasty and really strong. One bottle of this stuff is more than enough to get the party started, so go make this for yourself already!
Raspberry Apple Cider
5 1.8 Litre Jugs of Raspberry Juice
5 2 Litre Jugs of Apple Juice
1 Package Nottingham Yeast
2 Cups Sugar
Pour raspberry juice and sugar into carboy and swirl until the sugar is dissolved. Add in apple juice and pitch yeast. Put on air lock and let ferment for 2 weeks. Or if you are like me, 3 1/2 weeks.
500 Grams of frozen Raspberries
6 Cans of Frozen Apple Juice Concentrate
When it is time to bottle place frozen raspberries and 3 cans of frozen apple juice concentrate into pot and turn onto high heat. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat and simmer for 5 min. Add in the rest of the frozen juice concentrate, stir and let cool to room temperature. Once the concentrate is at room temperature, strain out the raspberry seeds and add into the bottling bucket. Rack cider into bottling bucket and mix well. Bottle.
Allow to carbonate, it took mine about 4 days to do. Keep checking though as ciders are notorious for carbonating quickly and you want to avoid having cider bombs as much as possible. Trust me.