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Homemade Apple Cider

Homemade Apple Cider is a delicious festive fall drink that will warm you up from the inside out! The sweet apple flavor mixed with the cinnamon and all-spice  make this hot drink cozy and comforting! Perfect for cooler temperatures and fall get togethers!
Course Drinks
Keyword apple, apple cider, cider, homemade, homemade apple cider
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Karli Bitner

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts of water 8 cups
  • 12 apples washed and cut
  • 1 orange washed and cut
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp whole all-spice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar optional

Instructions

  • To make in the Instant Pot: Pour the water into the Instant Pot liner.
  • Add the cut apples, orange, cinnamon sticks and whole all-spice to the water in the Instant Pot. Give it a good stir insuring the cinnamon sticks are submerged in the water. (I like to cut the apples and orange in half, and then quarter each half.)
  • Cook on Manual (or pressure cook) HIGH for 3 minutes. Allow for a 5 minute NPR before releasing the pressure manually.
  • Use a potato masher to mash all of the contents inside the Instant Pot. Mash for a good 5 minutes or so.
  • Use a fine strainer to strain the pulp out of the apple cider.
  • You can run the cider through a cheesecloth lined strainer for a second time if desired.
  • Give the cider a taste and add up to 1/4 cup brown sugar if the cider needs to be sweetened at all.
  • Serve while hot
  • To make in the Crockpot: Place the water, apples, orange, cinnamon sticks and whole all-spice into the crockpot.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3 hours.
  • Mash the contents in the crockpot and then cook for an additional hour.
  • Use a fine strainer to strain the pulp out of the apple cider.
  • You can run the cider through a cheesecloth lined strainer for a second time if desired.
  • Give the cider a taste and add up to 1/4 cup brown sugar if the cider needs to be sweetened at all.
  • Serve while hot