Apples are everywhere now! Bored of just crunching on them at your desk? QVC’s resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author, David Venable shares his favorite apple cider recipe below.

Homemade Apple Cider
(Serves 6-8)


David’s insider tip:“If you like apple cider with a lot of spiced flavor, just add more spices. If you like less spice, reduce the amount.”


  • 8 Red Delicious apples, quartered, seeds and peels removed

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 Tbsp nutmeg

  • 6 whole cloves

  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

  • ¾ tsp whole allspice

  • 4 (1/4” slices) fresh whole ginger, peeled


  1. Place the apples in a large pot with 10 cups of water. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for two hours, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

  3. Use a potato masher to mash the apples, then stir the mixture into a strainer with a large spoon. Make sure you get all the juice!

  4. Set aside the applesauce you’ve now just made, and pour the cider into a glass bottle. Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves from the applesauce and drop them into the bottle with the cider. Refrigerate.