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 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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.