Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe – Easy and delicious homemade apple cider recipe made with apples, oranges, cinnamon, and cloves. Stovetop and slow cooker instructions included!

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Easy and delicious homemade apple cider recipe made with apples, oranges, cinnamon, and cloves. Stovetop and slow cooker instructions included! // addapinch.com

Oh my goodness, you guys! Is there anything better this time of year than apple cider. Warm or cold, either way is one of my most love drinks as the weather turns cooler.

Wait. Who am I kidding?

I drink apple cider any time of the year. Talk about refreshing over ice in the summertime and steamy hot in mugs that warm your hands throughout the fall and winter. It really is a year-round favorite.

And today, I want to share with you this delicious homemade apple cider recipe.

You can either make it on the stovetop or even easier in the slow cooker with step by step instructions for both!

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Easy and delicious homemade apple cider recipe made with apples, oranges, cinnamon, and cloves. Stovetop and slow cooker instructions included! // addapinch.com

It all begins with the fruit that I love to include in my apple cider recipe.

The most important part of any apple cider is the apples that you use. I like to use a blend of apples so that the apple flavor is more pronounced with a little more depth.

For my apple blend, I like to use both a sweet and a tart apple. For the sweet, I like to use Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Gala, or Rome apples. For the tart, I just don’t think you can go wrong with using Granny Smith apples.

You would think that you’d just want to use apples in your apple cider and while they are definitely the key ingredient, adding a bit of orange to the apple cider helps to round out the flavors, I think. But, for the orange, do be sure that you peel it before adding it into the stockpot or the slow cooker as the oils and pith from the orange peeling add bitterness to the apple cider that just isn’t what I’m looking for in my apple cider.

Once you have your blend of apples and your peeled and sectioned orange added to the stovetop or the slow cooker, you’ll want to add your spices. I like to keep it simple by just adding cinnamon and cloves.

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Easy and delicious homemade apple cider recipe made with apples, oranges, cinnamon, and cloves. Stovetop and slow cooker instructions included! // addapinch.com

I give you the option of using whole cinnamon sticks and whole cloves or using ground spices instead. If you use whole cinnamon and whole cloves, I recommend that you add these to a piece of cheesecloth that you tie and place into the stockpot or slow cooker. This makes it much easier to remove these items as you begin to mash your fruit for the apple cider.

Otherwise, if you use the ground spices, they simply blend in with the fruit and there is no reason to remove them. If I am in a hurry and looking for the easiest way to make my apple cider, I tend to lean toward using the ground spices. Just a tip. 🙂

 

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Easy and delicious homemade apple cider recipe made with apples, oranges, cinnamon, and cloves. Stovetop and slow cooker instructions included! // addapinch.com

You’ll want to make sure to use a fine mesh strainer to strain away the pulp of the fruit from your apple cider. You can also use cheesecloth, but I find that the stability of the fine mesh strainer is most helpful when making this apple cider.

Once you have your apple cider made, you can store in the refrigerator for up to five days or in an airtight, freezer safe container for up to three months – making this apple cider recipe that perfect little make-ahead recipe for the holidays or anytime you have apples that you need to use!

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Easy and delicious homemade apple cider recipe made with apples, oranges, cinnamon, and cloves. Stovetop and slow cooker instructions included! // addapinch.com

Here’s my homemade Apple Cider Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

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Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Easy and delicious homemade apple cider recipe made with apples, oranges, cinnamon, and cloves. Stovetop and slow cooker instructions included!
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 10 -12 medium apples, assorted such as Honeycrisp, Gala, Rome, and Granny Smith
  • 2 medium navel orange, peeled and sectioned
  • 4 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves or 1½ tablespoons ground cloves
  • about 1 gallon fresh water
  • dark brown sugar, to taste, optional
  • optional garnish: apple slices, orange slices, cinnamon stick
Instructions
Slow Cooker Homemade Apple Cider Recipe:
  1. Wash the apples, core and cut into wedges. Add the apple and orange slices to the slow cooker. Place the cinnamon sticks and whole cloves into a small piece of cheesecloth and place into the slow cooker or add the ground spices to the top of the fruit. Add the water, enough to cover the fruit plus about 1 inch, and cook on low heat for 7 hours or on high heat for 3 hours.
  2. Remove the cheesecloth of spices, if using, from the slow cooker and mash the fruit with the back of a wooden spoon or with a potato masher as much as possible. Reserve the cooked fruit for another purpose, like apple sauce, or discard.
  3. Taste your cider for sweetness and add the brown sugar until you reach the desired sweetness.
  4. Serve your homemade apple cider warm or transfer to a heat safe container and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Stovetop Homemade Apple Cider Recipe:
  1. Wash the apples, core and cut into wedges. Add the apple and orange slices to a stockpot. Place the cinnamon sticks and whole cloves into a small piece of cheesecloth and place into the stockpot or add the ground spices to the top of the fruit. Add the water, enough to cover the fruit plus about 1 inch, and cook on high heat for 30 minutes, stirring often, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 hours. Add water as needed to keep the fruit covered.
  2. Remove the cheesecloth of spices, if using, from the stockpot and mash the fruit with the back of a wooden spoon or with a potato masher as much as possible. Reserve the cooked fruit for another purpose, like apple sauce, or discard.
  3. Taste your cider for sweetness and add the brown sugar until you reach the desired sweetness.
  4. Serve your homemade apple cider warm or transfer to a heat safe container and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Easy and delicious homemade apple cider recipe made with apples, oranges, cinnamon, and cloves. Stovetop and slow cooker instructions included! // addapinch.com

8 comments on “Homemade Apple Cider Recipe”

  1. Cannot wait to try this and add some to the freezer for fall gatherings. This sounds so delicious.

  2. I hope you love it, Jean! xo

  3. After mashing the fruit, how do you strain the liquid? Cheese cloth?

    • Hi Jennifer,
      You’ll want to make sure to use a fine mesh strainer to strain away the pulp of the fruit from your apple cider. You can also use cheesecloth, but I find that the stability of the fine mesh strainer is most helpful when making this apple cider. I hope you enjoy it! xo

  4. Do you peel the apples for the homemade apple cider? Thank you. I absolutely love this drink. It’s my favorite holiday time drink. Of course I love eggnog too. LOL

    • Hi Cheryl,
      I generally do not peel the apples for my homemade apple cider. I do wash them really, really well. Then, after I them for apple sauce, I just remove the skins from the mash. I hope that helps and that you enjoy it! xo

  5. This recipe doesn’t have any directions on using a fine mesh strainer. Do we do that after the fruit has been mashed?? Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!!

  6. Is possible to use high-pressure pot to cut the cooking time? It’s too long to cook this cider 10 hours I think.

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