Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 96 hrs

From a 1960s rural New Zealand cookbook, this is the recipe for apple cider. I haven't tried it yet as I am still collecting enough swing stoppered glass bottles to recycle for this recipe! Cook time is actually the standing time


  1. Cut apples into pieces, skins and cores.
  2. Add sugar and raisins.
  3. Cover with boiling water.
  4. Allow to stand for 4 days.
  5. Strain and bottle.
  6. Tie corks down!
Most Helpful

This is good, but if you have the Vitamix, you can make cider in minutes using the same ingredients. I substitute honey and brown sugar for sugar and also add cinnamon and allspice for flavering.

La Gourmande June 07, 2007

This is amazing! Thank you for the recipe, so easy to make and well worth waiting 4 days for it. Will definately be making this again and again. I also added 2 cinnamon sticks to the recipe.

Firewife16 September 05, 2008

I was disappointed. I had mold floating on the top by the end of my 4 days, and the resulting "cider" tasted like apple flavored sugar water. It sure smelled good though. I followed the recipe, but cut it in half. I don't know what went wrong. :(

Climbnyak October 05, 2011