Homemade Sparkling Cider is a must in our family over the holidays! I love the kind you get from the store but when we get together there are a lot of us, so a dozen glass bottles with little kids running around isn’t really the best option. Not to mention it can get expensive!
I love this recipe because it’s super simple and you can make as much or as little as you need and it is every bit as good as the real thing- if not better! Especially because you can choose the apple cider or juice that you like best as the base. You can even mix it up and get an apple grape, or apple cranberry, or really any favorite juice as a substitute. Just be sure to use a juice that isn’t thick or pulpy. Usually the ones on the shelf, not the refrigerated section, work the best for this recipe.
Just a few quick glass bottle sparkling cider horror stories: A few years ago I had some bottles up on my counter to give to some neighbors. My son was pretty little and loved to climb. When I saw him on the counter I yelled “no!” and started to run to him but his little hand shoved the bottles right over the edge. It was like a bomb went off. I’m not kidding when I say that there was cider dripping from the ceiling and glass in every direction!
Another time we thought it would be smart to keep some glass bottles out on the back porch to keep them cold because our fridge was full. In the middle of the night it sounded like someone fired a gun right outside our window. Lesson learned, when glass bottles full of liquid freeze, they expand and explode!
- Mix together the apple juice and sugar and pour into two glasses, then add 1/2 cup club soda to each. Be sure that glasses can hold 1 1/2 cups of liquid, adjust as needed. You want two parts apple cider to one part club soda.
- Optional: garnish with fresh cranberries.