One of our favorite Fall activities to Apple picking. Of course, we look forward to the yummy apples, but one of the best parts about apple picking is being able to enjoy frozen apple cider slushies at the local orchard.
We always pick apples at a local orchard, Solebury Orchards. This orchard, located in Bucks County Pennsylvania, has a huge variety of apples that are available to pick from September through November. We stopped by this year early in September to pick Gala apples. Our favorite Pink Lady's are not ready for picking until early November, so we had to wait a bit for them. Two different trips to the orchard meant that we could enjoy an apple cider slushie twice!
I have always wondered how Solebury made their cider slushies. Their staff brings out cups of this frozen goodness from the back, so you never see the machine. We have seen other orchards use big (and expensive) slushie machines. Every Fall my hubby and I have a discussion about how we think we could replicate the cider ice at home.
Several ideas included adding ice to the cider in my Vitamix or in his Jimmy Buffet Margarita machine. I always thought adding ice would just dilute the cider. Another idea was to pour cider into a pan and freeze it. You could just scoop out the cider-like ice cream. I thought this method would take too long and I don't have much in the way of patience.
My daughter has been asking to make our ice cream. I've had an ice cream machine for years, but it rarely gets used. The machine has been sitting in the kitchen to remind me to pick up ingredients for ice cream. When I was trying to come up with ways to freeze the cider it hit me! Why not try the ice cream machine and it worked.
Frozen Apple Cider Slushies
- 8 ounces fresh Apple Cider
- Place 8 ounces of apple cider into a prepared ice cream maker.
- Churn apple cider for 5-10 minutes until desired consistency is achieved.