It’s cold outside! I’ve been seeking for an apple cider recipe that is keto-friendly for awhile. I finally found one, and took their recipe and modified it slightly.
You will need:
- 48 ounces of water
- 6 bags of Tazo Organic Baked Apple Cinnamon Tea
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- 7 whole cloves
- 2 large lemons
- 5 TBSP of Pyure or other keto-approved granular sweetener
- 3 TBSP of Sukrin Gold keto brown-sugar substitute (optional)
- 12 drops of Capella Double Apple flavor concentrate (optional but enhances apple flavor)
- 1 tsp of salt (this will cut the bitterness)
- 4 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar (this will also cut the bitterness)
- Boil the water
- Put the tea bags into the bottom of a pressure cooker or instant pot, and pour the boiling water over them
- Let sit 5-6 minutes. While waiting, clean then slice the lemons, keeping the peel on
- Remove the tea bags with a slotted spoon and toss
- Add the lemons, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and 2 sweeteners to the instant pot / pressure cooker
- Cook on low pressure for 25 minutes
- Let the pressure ease up slowly, add the salt, apple concentrate drops, and vinegar, stir, then serve through a slotted spoon when warm
Note, if you don’t have sukrin gold you can just use 3 more TBSP of granular sweetener, however the sukrin gold makes for a better darker/browner cider.
Recipe makes 8 cups. If you pour 12 ounce servings, it makes 4 servings.
The best part is this drink is basically calorie free, and <1g net carbs (pyure or sukrin gold have about 5 calories, and only have erythritol sugar alcohols for carbs, which do not spike insulin).
The salt, extra lemon, and vinegar all help balance out some of the bitterness, so if this is too bitter for your liking, add additional salt or acid.
I also found that if I let this cool, then refrigerated it overnight, then reheated again, it tasted even better and a little sweeter.
I’m still tweaking the recipe and changing the ratios. If you try this out and change anything, let me know how it turns out!
Recipe inspired by and adapted from completelyketo’s website.