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Homemade Apple Cider is the perfect warm drink for fall and winter

Homemade Apple Cider 3 Ways Stovetop Crockpot Instant Pot

  • Author: jfletcher
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10ish cups of cider 1x


Homemade apple cider is perfectly spiced to your liking and tastes incredible. With a short prep and delicious result, you’ll never want to buy store bought again! The perfect cozy drink for crisp fall days and the holidays!



  • Apples- 8-10 large apples, any variety, cut into quarters
  • 1 Orange- cut into quarters or eights
  • 810 cups of Water*
  • 23 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 tbs cloves
  • 1/2 tbs nutmeg
  • Sweetener– Use any kind of sweetener you like. We used brown sugar, but I want to make a lower cal version of this and use Splenda or Stevia for my next batch. Either will work. You could also use granulated sugar


  1. Prep the fruit.
    Start by slicing the apples into quarters. You don’t have to worry about removing the seeds or stems. Then cut the oranges into quarters or eights. Put them into the stock pot. Fill the stock pot with water and add the spices.
  2. Cook the fruit.
    Bring the fruit and water to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and let the fruit simmer covered for 2 hours or until the apples are extremely tender.
  3. Mash the fruit.
    When the fruit is soft, mash it against the side of the pot with a big sturdy spoon or a potato masher. Keep mashing until the fruit is sort of pulpy but well incorporated into the liquid. Don’t worry if there are still bigger pieces of fruit. You’ll strain them out.
  4. Strain and enjoy!
    Carefully pour the cider over another large bowl fitted with either cheese cloth or a fine mesh strainer. Let the liquid drain into the bowl or pot underneath the strainer. You may have to do this in batches. Let it drain for about 10 minutes per batch. You can speed things up by pressing the fruit into the strainer or cheesecloth with a spoon. Once all the liquid has been strained out, discard the solids and return the liquid to the pot. Taste and sweeten to your liking. Serve warm or cold and enjoy!


See the post above for Instant Pot and Crock Pot recipes.

  • Category: drinks
  • Method: stove, slow cooker, Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

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