A recent message to the team requested this old recipe, it must have got lost during one of the many transfers over the years.
Found again from Archive.org 2004
I call this Ciderish as it is not quite real cider and not quite apple wine, more somewhere in between. (also it fits in with our ish take on life)
- 3.6 kilos (8lb) Apples, any apples will do.(try and find some unused apple trees)
- 9 ltrs (2 gallons) water
- 28grams (1oz) root ginger
- Juice of four lemons
- some empty resealable bottles
- 3.6 Kilos (8lbs) Sugar
Cut up the unpeeled apples roughly with a non-metallic knife. Cover with two gallons of boiling water preferably in a brewers bucket. Incidentally, you must not use any metal in this recipe.
Leave the mixture for two weeks, returning to crush the apples well, now and again. By now and again I guess you could get away with doing it 4 times as long as the mixture is well liquified. Be careful that mould does not form at this stage.
Stick the kettle on. Strain the liquid and add the bruised root ginger, lemon juice and sugar. Give it a good stir to ensure that the sugar has dissolved.
Add a quarter of a pint of boiling water and leave the whole thing to stand again for just over a fortnight removing the scum off the top as it rises.
You will need two people for this next bit. Strain into resealable bottles and screw on the tops lightly for 2 days, just to the point where they would need another half turn to fully close them.
Ok so you have waited almost five weeks, now tighten the stoppers and keep in a cool, dark and most importantly, dry place for two months.
If you are an American reading this I am talking of the British cider, which of course contains alcohol.
NOTE: Many sites tell you to drink responsibly, I never do and really enjoy a good irresponsible drink from time to time. Just make sure you don’t give yourself alcohol poisoning or decide that 3am is a good time to phone up that ex who you are certain wants to speak to you. Otherwise, enjoy a good British Irresponsible drink.