Yes, it is worth going that extra mile for the nutmeg seeds and vanilla bean! Quality spices are key to enrich the flavors of your cider. I bought these at the shuk, but you can buy them at any local grocery store.
5 Golden Delicious apples, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
2 nutmeg seeds
½ cup honey
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1. Place apples, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg in a Wrap ‘n Boil bag.
2. In a large saucepan over high heat, heat 5 cups water, honey, and vanilla bean along with Wrap ‘n Boil bag. Alternatively, add all ingredients directly to pot and strain when done. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
3. Remove bag and squeeze as much liquid as you can back into the pot. Serve warm.
Yield: 6 servings