Apple Cider Brine for Turkey
  • 2 quarts Water (separated)
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 quarts Apple Juice
  • 2 Pints Hard Apple Cider (Dry or Semi-Sweet)
  • 2 cups Orange Juice
  • 1 Turkey (defrosted and guts removed)
  1. In a large pot, heat 1 quart water with the salt and sugar
  2. Heat until salt and sugar has dissolved
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and garlic
  4. Allow to cool (about 30 minutes)
  5. Stir in the remaining water, apple juice, apple cider, and orange juice
  6. Place brine in the fridge until chilled
  7. Place Turkey in the brining bag breast side down and pour in the brine
  8. Brine overnight in the fridge
  9. When ready to cook, remove the turkey from the brine and rinse thoroughly (even the inside)
  10. Cook the turkey with your favorite method (I like to oven roast it with a nice butter rub).
Recipe by Simply {Darr}ling at