Make your own Apple Cider. Easy, hands off, and customizable. Spice & sweeten to your liking - no processed sugars!
Wash your apples & quarter them. If you want to save the cooked apples for apple sauce, I recommend coring them too. No need to peel.
Add your quartered apples to a very large stockpot, and fill with water enough to cover the apples by a few inches. They will float, so push down to be sure there's sufficient water in the pot. You can always add more as they cook down if needed.
Heat over high heat until boiling, then reduce to a simmer. Add your spices and maple syrup if desired. You can customize this to your liking. At minimum, I recommend lots of cinnamon & nutmeg. (The apples - in my opinion - are sweet enough without added sweetener. You can always add more as they cook down if you want it sweeter. I went with 1-2 tbsp in my recipe, and probably won't use any in my next recipe.)
Simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally and adding more water as needed.
Cover the stockpot and simmer for 2 hours.
Let cool. Once cool, strain through a fine mesh sieve, cheese cloth, or nut milk bag. Squeeze out all the remaining liquid (remaining apples will still be very wet). Discard the cooked apples, or save to process and eat as apple sauce (or add to oatmeal).
Serve warm or cool.