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The Perfect Apple Cider To Get You Through Winter

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Photo Via Natalie Goel

Depending on where you live, it is most likely really f*cking cold right now! And while we can’t help you speed along the thawing-out process outside, we can help you embrace the indoors a little more with our hands-down-favorite, freezing-weather drink: Fresh, steaming apple cider.

The absolute best cup we’ve ever had comes from Outerlands, a rustic-cool restaurant in San Francisco’s Ocean Beach neighborhood (a must-visit for anyone headed to the Bay).

Here, the Ginger Lemon Apple Cider recipe from Outerlands, nabbed from 7×7:

-Fresh Apple Juice (cider, not from concentrate)
-Fresh Ginger
-Star Anise
-Cinnamon Sticks
-Bay Leaf
*If you want to make the bourbon-spiked version, get more instruction here.

-Blend the chopped and peeled ginger in a high-power blender with water until it’s liquid (use just enough water to keep the blender from bogging down).
-Strain that through a chinois, pressing all the juice out until the pulp is dry. Reserve the juice in a container.
-Toast the cinnamon and anise for a few minutes to release aromatics, and add it and a bay leaf to the cold juice in a pot.
-Bring the apple juice with spices to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Add ginger juice to desired spiciness and turn off heat.
-Steep for 10 minutes and strain through chinois.
-Keep warm on the stove or in an airpot, and squeeze 1/8-1/4 of a lemon wedge over to serve.

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