There is nothing quite like a big mug of hot apple cider to warm up a chilly fall day! This Instant Pot apple cider recipe is a quicker alternative to making it on the stovetop yet tastes like it has been cooking all day.
As soon as the leaves start changing, the wool socks come out and it’s apple cider time! We have so many amazing apple orchards here in Minnesota, so delicious apple cider is always available at every coop in town. You’re never far from a warm mug of delightfully spiced cider.
Our homemade apple cider tastes like it’s straight from the apple orchard, but made in the comfort of your own home. Apples, citrus, and our favorite fall spices cook together in the Instant Pot, then are mashed and strained for perfect apple cider every time.
“The compliments were pouring (pun intended) over this last night. And I’ve never made apple cider before but it was super easy!” – Jack
What is in homemade apple cider?
You only need a few simple, wholesome ingredients for Instant Pot apple cider. Here are the stars of this cozy cider recipe:
- Apples: We love using a combination of sweet and tart apples, but it really doesn’t matter what kind you use. No apple left behind!
- Citrus: Fresh orange and lemon help preserve the apple cider, offer a welcome brightness, and offset the sweetness.
- Warming Spices: Think cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and allspice, nutmeg, and cardamom – cozy spices that we love this time of year. When these warming spices are pressure cooked, they deepen the delicious apple cider flavor.
- Sweeteners: We use pure maple syrup and a little coconut sugar (both natural sweeteners) to sweeten this apple cider. The maple syrup compliments the apple cider wonderfully!
- Water: Water is the base of this homemade apple cider. The water soaks up the fruit, spices, and sweeteners as the ingredients pressure cook.
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Apples: We mean it – use whatever apples are on sale, that you have on hand, or that you love. There are no bad apples for this apple cider recipe!
Sweetness: Once the apple cider is made, give it a taste! If it isn’t sweet enough, add a teaspoon of pure maple syrup at a time until it reaches your desired sweetness.
Do you need to peel the apples first?
Nope! Simply core and quarter the apples for apple cider. No peeling needed!
Should apple cider be served hot or cold?
It’s up to you! It’s delicious straight from the fridge and ultra comforting when warmed up.
Store apple cider in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. The flavor will intensify the longer it sits! Enjoy homemade apple cider straight from the fridge or warm it up before serving.
Freezing Apple Cider
Did you know you can freeze apple cider? Enjoy the best flavors of fall all winter long! Transfer apple cider to any size of freezer-safe container(s) and freeze for up to 3 months.
We like to make apple cider ice cubes (for a little pop of flavor in fall cocktails like our apple cider cocktail) or pour into silicone soup cubes (the perfect amount for 1 cozy mug of apple cider). Let thaw and enjoy cold or heat until warmed through.
Apple cider pairs perfectly with any of your favorite fall recipes. Try it with a slice of apple cinnamon bread, as part of your Thanksgiving menu, alongside any game day food, or in our spiked apple cider or apple cider hot toddy.
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Instant Pot Apple Cider
- Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot.
- Place the cover on the Instant Pot and turn the pressure valve to seal.
- Set the Instant Pot to high pressure and set the timer for 20 minutes (it will take the Instant Pot about 15 minutes to build pressure and for the timer to start since there is so much liquid).
- Quick release pressure and uncover the Instant Pot. Use a potato masher or a big wooden spoon to mash up all the apples, oranges, and lemons until it turns into an applesauce-like consistency.
- Let the apple cider mash mixture cool (this takes about an hour).
- Once the apple cider mash is cool, pour it through a small sieve, catching the apple cider in a large pitcher or container.
- Taste the apple cider and add additional sweetener if you would like.*
- Store apple cider in the refrigerator and enjoy cold or hot!
Tips & Notes
- Storage: Store apple cider in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
- Freezing Instructions: For longer storage, transfer apple cider to freezer-safe container(s). Freeze for up to 3 months. We like to make apple cider ice cubes (for a little pop of flavor in fall cocktails) or pour into silicone soup cubes (the perfect amount for 1 cozy mug of apple cider). Let thaw and enjoy cold or heat until warmed through.
- Sweetness: Once the apple cider is made, give it a taste! If it isn’t sweet enough, add a teaspoon of pure maple syrup at a time until it reaches your desired sweetness.