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Spiced Apple Cider

Here’s a simple approach to making apple cider in your Instant Pot, just in time for fall. Perfect hot or cold, it’s only made better by adding a shot of your favorite bourbon or spiced rum.

Tasty Team
Spiced Apple Cider
Total Time

6 hr 45 min

6 hr 45 min

Prep Time

5 minutes

5 min

Cook Time

6 hr 25 min

6 hr 25 min

Total Time

6 hr 45 min

6 hr 45 min

Prep Time

5 minutes

5 min

Cook Time

6 hr 25 min

6 hr 25 min

Ingredients

for 6 servings

  • 3 pink lady apples, quartered, plus 1, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • 3 granny smith apples, quartered
  • 3 honeycrisp apples, quartered
  • 3 gala apples, quartered
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks, toasted, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon whole clove
  • 3 whole allspice berries
  • 2 whole nutmegs, halved
  • 1 fresh ginger, peeled, 2 in (5 cm)
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 10 cups water (2.5 L), as needed
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (200 g)
  • bourbon, or whiskey, for serving
  • 6 slices orange slice, for garnish

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 418
  • Fat 1g
  • Carbs 111g
  • Fiber 16g
  • Sugar 83g
  • Protein 2g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Add the quartered Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Gala apples, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and orange peel to the Instant Pot. Pour in enough water to cover the apples. Sauté on high until simmering, 15–20 minutes. Cover with the lid and pressure cook on high for 6 hours. Once done, let the pressure release naturally before opening the lid.
  2. Strain the solids and pour the cider back into the pot. Add the sugar and sauté on high for another 5–10 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Ladle the hot cider into mugs or glasses. If desired, stir in a shot of bourbon or whiskey. Garnish with the orange and apple slices. Alternatively, to serve cold, transfer the cider to a covered pitcher or container and refrigerate until chilled. The cider will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  4. Enjoy!

Ingredients

for 6 servings

  • 3 pink lady apples, quartered, plus 1, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • 3 granny smith apples, quartered
  • 3 honeycrisp apples, quartered
  • 3 gala apples, quartered
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks, toasted, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon whole clove
  • 3 whole allspice berries
  • 2 whole nutmegs, halved
  • 1 fresh ginger, peeled, 2 in (5 cm)
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 10 cups water (2.5 L), as needed
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (200 g)
  • bourbon, or whiskey, for serving
  • 6 slices orange slice, for garnish

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 418
  • Fat 1g
  • Carbs 111g
  • Fiber 16g
  • Sugar 83g
  • Protein 2g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Add the quartered Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Gala apples, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and orange peel to the Instant Pot. Pour in enough water to cover the apples. Sauté on high until simmering, 15–20 minutes. Cover with the lid and pressure cook on high for 6 hours. Once done, let the pressure release naturally before opening the lid.
  2. Strain the solids and pour the cider back into the pot. Add the sugar and sauté on high for another 5–10 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Ladle the hot cider into mugs or glasses. If desired, stir in a shot of bourbon or whiskey. Garnish with the orange and apple slices. Alternatively, to serve cold, transfer the cider to a covered pitcher or container and refrigerate until chilled. The cider will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  4. Enjoy!

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