How to Make Apple Cider

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Apple Cider

Last updated on October 15th, 2020

Homemade Apple Cider is a fall drink. It’s warm, spicy, and just sweet enough. It is very easy to make in the Crock-Pot, Instant Pot or on the stovetop. It’s made simply with apples, warming spices, water, and your choice of sweetener. Here is a step by step guide on how to make apple cider.

  •  Prep time: 10 MINUTES
  •  Cook time: 180 MINUTES
  •  Total time: 190 MINUTES
  •  Yield: 12 SERVINGS

Things you’ll need

  • Apples: Use a variety of apples for best-tasting cider. A mix of tart and sweet apples are recommended. 
  • Oranges: Fresh oranges are essential to give the cider its trademark citrusy flavor. 
  • Spices: Cinnamon Sticks and Cloves go hand-in-hand with anything apple. 
  • Sweetener:  You can use either maple syrup or brown sugar. 
  • Water: It will be the base of cider.
  • Fine-mesh strainer or cheeseclothThis will be essential for straining out the cider after it has cooked.
  • Potato masher or wooden spoon: It will work to mash the apples.
  • Stockpot, Crock-Pot, or Instant Pot: You can use any of this with any size. 


  1. Place apples, oranges and spices to a large stockpot and add enough water cover by at least 2 inches. Leave about an inch or two of space at the top of the stockpot.

  2. Heat the cider over high heat until it reaches a simmer.  Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 2 hours, or until the apples are completely soft.

  3. Mash the apples and oranges. Take a minute to mash all of the apples and oranges against the side of the stockpot to release more of their flavors using a potato masher.

  4.  Strain out all of the solids(apples, oranges, spices) using a fine-mesh strainer to release all of their juices.

  5. Stir in your desired amount of sweetener, to taste.

  6. Serve warm and you can add few fresh orange slices and cinnamon sticks back to the stockpot for pretty serving.

Possible Variations

There are all sorts of ways that you can mix things up with this apple cider recipe.  For example, feel free to:

  • Use a chai tea bag: In place of the dried spices (or in addition to them), feel free to add in a chai tea bag or two to spice your cider.

  • Add in fresh ginger: I also love adding an inch of fresh ginger to my cider for an extra gingery kick.

  • Spike your cider: As mentioned above, feel free to serve your cider with a splash of bourbon or brandy or any other spirits that you might like to add.