Well, my wife (be she ever so tolerant) has definitely become an enabler. We stopped by the local health food store (I am now on a low salt diet) and they carry everything a cider maker could hope for (except maybe White Labs cider yeast
) . . . but they do have organic juices in all flavors, extracts, concentrates, organic fruit, honey, sugars . . . they even have a bunch of PET bottles ranging from 2.2 liters to a two gallon with a spigot (for 18 bucks - still not sure if it would work . . . might be a challenge to clean and not sure how to get a gas lock on it).
Anyway, while roaming and waiting I picked up the ingredients for an apple, mango, passion fruit cider. I made up a gallon batch with 48 oz of apple juice, 24 ounces of mango, 24 ounces of passion fruit, one can of apple/mango/passion fruit Old Orchard concentrate, 12 oz. of blackberry honey and pitched a Nottingham yeast (I think, can't remember what I had on hand).
It is bubbling away like mad and smells wonderful. When it is done I will transfer it too secondary with a 1/3 lb. of lactose and perhaps a second can of concentrate (and some k-sorbate) if it isn't sweet enough. I will let you know how it turns out. My other batch is just a simple spiced cider (with some clove, cinnamon and nutmeg). It is a good thing I picked up another case of bottles.
If anyone wants a typed recipe for this AMP'ed cider I will be happy to post it.