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The cooler weather is perfect for Homemade Apple Cider Recipe. It is easy to make and will make your house smell amazing.

Apple Cider in clear mugs topped with cinnamon sticks and fresh apples and oranges
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When I host the holidays at my house, I love making this Homemade Apple Cider Recipe. It makes my home smell amazing and perfect served with a cinnamon stick.

If you love to serve special drinks for holidays, make one of these Christmas Drinks. Check out these holiday drink recipes – Starbucks Peppermint Mocha or Easy Homemade Eggnog Recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe:

This homemade apple cider is the perfect Fall recipe. At the hint of cooler weather, I start making apple cider and it is so easy. Some people like coffee and hot chocolate, but I love homemade apple cider.

Combine you favorite apples and oranges with a few simple spices for a delicious drink. You can enjoy hot or cold and perfect with a slice of apple pie.

Ingredients:

Apple Cider Ingredients - apples, oranges, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice, nutmeg, water, brown sugar
  • Medium Apples, assorted such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala
  • Oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • Whole Cloves
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Allspice
  • Whole Nutmeg
  • Water, about 16-20 cups
  • Brown Sugar, depending on taste

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe card.

Variations Ideas:

  • Maple Syrup – For added warm flavor, feel free to add in maple syrup.
  • Apple Cider Cocktails – For a delicious adult drink, add in a splash of bourbon or brandy for a spiked drink.
  • Fresh Ginger – If you love the flavor of ginger, feel free to add in more of this fresh spices.
  • Chai Tea Bag – I love the flavor of chai tea and adding a bag to my drink is a delicious treat.

Step by Step Instructions:

Sliced apples and oranges in a large pot

Step 1 – Clean and cut apples and oranges. Add to large stockpot.

Adding water and seasoning to the fruit in the large pot.

Step 2 – Next, add the seasonings and mix with the fruit. Cover with water.

Heating the mixture in a large pot on the stovetop

Step 3 – Heat over high heat until simmering. Continue to simmer about 2 hours or until apples are very soft.

Straining the solids in a strainer

Step 4 – Mash apples and oranges with a potato masher or large wooden spoon against the side of the pot. Cover and simmer for about 1 more hour. Then strain solids from cider and add in brown sugar.

Recipe Tips:

  • Serving – Serve warm, room temperature or chilled with apple slices and cinnamon stick, if desired. This is delicious hot or cold.
  • Straining Solids – Carefully strain solids from cider using a cheesecloth or fine-mesh sieve. Press solids against the strainer to release the juices.
  • Preparing Fruit – Slice the apples and leave the peel on. Make sure to add the orange slices to enhance the citrus flavor.
  • Simmer the Mixture – For the best results allow the mixture to simmer for about 2 hours. The fruit should be soft for the best flavor of cider.

What are the Best Apples to Use:

Feel free to use a variety of apples to make this Easy Apple Cider Recipe. We love to use a variety of tart apples for amazing flavor. These are some of our suggestions.

  • Pink Lady
  • McIntosh Apples
  • Fuji Apples
  • Golden Delicious
  • Red Delicious
  • Braeburn
  • Honey Crisp Apples
  • Cortland Tart Apples
Apple Cider in clear mugs topped with cinnamon sticks and fresh apples and oranges

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I Make in the Crock Pot?

Yes, this is a great idea when you are serving this apple cider recipe to a crowd. Just put everything in the slow cooker instant of the sauce pan. Cover and cook on low setting and let simmer for about 8 hours. Strain the solids as normal using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer, pressing solids against the strainer to release the juices. Then it ready to serve and enjoy.

How to Store Leftovers:

Store the leftovers in an airtight container or covered pitcher and place in the refrigerator. If stored properly it will stay fresh for up to a week.

How to Freeze:

Freezing apple cider is a great way to prepare for the holiday season. Pour the prepared cider in individual serving in a freezer safe container. Make sure to leave space at top as cider will expand as it freezes.

How Long does Apple Cider Last:

It needs to be refrigerated and it should last up to 2 weeks.

Apple Cider in clear mugs topped with cinnamon sticks and fresh apples and oranges

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Apple Cider

5 from 4 votes
The cooler weather is perfect for Homemade apple cider recipe. It is easy to make and will make your house smell amazing. Homemade apple cider is delicious. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Beverage
Calories 155

Ingredients

  • 10-12 medium apples assorted such as Granny Smith Honeycrisp, Gala
  • 2 oranges peeled and sectioned
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • Water about 16-20 cups
  • ½ to 1 cup brown sugar depending on taste

Instructions

  • Clean and cut apples and oranges
  • Add to large stockpot
  • Add seasonings
  • Cover with water
  • Heat over high heat until simmering
  • Continue to simmer about 2 hours or until apples are very soft
  • Mash apples and oranges with a potato masher or large wooden spoon against the side of the pot
  • Cover and simmer for about 1 more hour
  • Carefully strain solids from cider using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer, pressing solids against the strainer to release the juices
  • Discard the solids
  • Add brown sugar to taste
  • Serve warm, room temperature or chilled with apple slices and cinnamon stick, if desired

Nutrition Facts

Calories 155kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 1g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 1g, Sodium 6mg, Potassium 263mg, Fiber 6g, Sugar 32g, Vitamin A 157IU, Vitamin C 22mg, Calcium 48mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Sounds so good, got to try that. Any left over I’ll turn that into apple cider vinegar!

  2. Currently got this simmering at the bottom of the aga! So excited! Just wanted to know storage tips and how long it keeps for?
    Smell yummy can’t wait!

  3. I store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or you can freeze it for future use. I’m so glad you enjoy it!