Here is my recipe for the simplest, cheapest way to make a nice apple wine. It comes out between 10-12% ABV and tastes pretty good.
Yields 5l (UK gallon).
5l of apple juice from concentrate
It shouldn’t contain any additives, except ascorbic acid which is just the posh name for vitamin C. In my experience the price/quality doesn’t impact on the final product, so I’d reccomend just using supermakret own brand.
Again don’t bother buying expensive sugar, I’ve tried it and it makes no difference. Normal run-of-the-mill caster sugar will do!
Any general wine yeast will work (or any yeast with an alcohol tolerance above 12%)
Cup of tea (optional)
Steeped for as long as it takes to cool to room temperature. Although optional, it adds tannins which make the wine taste more like wine