Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe – Easy and delicious homemade apple cider recipe made with apples, oranges, and spices. Simple to make on the stovetop or with my slow cooker apple cider recipe with step-by-step instructions for both methods! 

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

Oh my goodness, you guys! Is there anything better this time of year than apple cider?! Warm cider is one of my most loved 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 make it on the stovetop or enjoy my even easier slow cooker apple cider recipe with step by step instructions for both methods!

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

How to Make Homemade Apple Cider

You’ll need these ingredients:

  • Apples – use a variety of sweet and tart apples
  • Oranges – make sure you peel them for the smoothest, best tasting cider!
  • Cinnamon  – can use sticks or ground cinnamon
  • Cloves – can use whole or ground cloves
  • Fresh Water
  • Dark Brown Sugar – it’s optional,  and sweeten the cider to your taste
  • Garnish – also optional, but so festive and appetizing when use apple slices, orange slices or cinnamon sticks!

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

What Apples Should I Use for Homemade Apple Cider?

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

Other Fruits to Include

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.

Spices to Include

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

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

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.

After I’m done making my cider, I like to reserve the cooked fruit to make my Homemade Applesauce.

Make-Ahead 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

Other Favorite Recipes with Apple Cider

If you love the comforting flavor and amazing aroma your home has after making apple cider (I sure do!), then give these recipes a try too!

Apple Cider Donut Muffins

Apple Cider Waffles

Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits with Apple Cider Glaze

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

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

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