Instant Pot Apple Cider

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This Instant Pot Apple Cider is a homemade treat for fall made in the Instant Pot with fresh apples, orange, lemon, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The wonderful aroma will fill the house with joy.

» Pair this with other fall favorites: Instant Pot Chili and Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup.

Apple cider in a glass in front of the Instant Pot
 

You’ll see just how easy it is to make your own warm spiced apple cider in the Instant Pot. It’s almost too easy to believe. With all those fall apples, you can make up a batch of this apple cider whenever you feel like it.

Why Make Homemade Cider?

I always purchased apple cider at the store for holiday parties and then dressed it up with a few extra spices like cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. It’s great, but there’s also a lot of extra preservatives and additives that I don’t love.

When you make apple cider yourself, you get the option to decide what you put in it. And to be honest, it’s not a lot of things. You can keep these ingredients on hand and make up a batch of cider whenever you need it. It takes just about 45 minutes from start to finish.

That’s not something you could do on the stove top, or in the slow cooker, so the Instant Pot really opens up the possibilities here. I love it when I find things that only the Instant Pot can do well.

Apple cider in a glass in front of the Instant Pot

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Ingredients in Instant Pot Apple Cider

  • Apples – Granny Smith and another sweeter apple, like Honeycrisp, make a great combination for this cider. The two different flavors give a good balance of sweet and tart.
  • Citrus – I use one orange and one lemon, which together also give a balance of sweet and tart. The extra flavor from these fruits help round out the flavors in the cider.
  • Spices – Add a cinnamon stick, star anise and nutmeg to the mix. You can also add clove, if you like it. I’m not a big clove fan.
  • Sweetener – You can choose whatever sweetener you like for this cider. I usually use brown sugar, but you can also use honey or agave, stevia, or a sugar substitute like allulose or erythritol.
Apples, oranges and lemons in a bowl

How to Make Instant Pot Apple Cider

Wash and cut the fruit. I don’t bother removing the skins of the apples because it gives extra flavor and tannins to the cider. They’re just going to be strained out at the end anyway.

Pour the fruit into the inner pot of your Instant Pot. Add the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and star anise.

Raw apples and oranges in the Instant Pot

Pour in the water and sweetener. Stir it all up. Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing.

Press the pressure cook button and set the time to 15 minutes on high pressure. After time is up, allow a natural release for 20 minutes, or until the float valve drops.

Cooked apples and oranges in the Instant Pot

Open the lid and smash the fruit with a masher. You don’t have to be really thorough with this, just give it a couple presses to release the remaining juices from the pulp.

Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. I don’t mind a bit of pulp in my drink, so a strainer works really well. If you want it to be really clear and without any particles, you might have strain it twice through cheesecloth.

Apple cider in the Instant Pot

When you’re done, you can put it in a pitcher, pour it directly into mugs to drink, or put it back in the Instant Pot to keep it warm.

If you love this recipe you are going to want to try this Instant Pot Apple Butter.

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How to Serve and Store

I like to serve the apple cider directly out of the Instant Pot when we have guests over. Just keep it on warm and leave a ladle nearby so guests can serve themselves directly from the pot.

You can also serve the cider cold. Or use it in cocktails like this caramel apple martini. So many options!

To store, refrigerate in a covered container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Apple cider in a glass in front of the Instant Pot

Why Use An Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.

If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot for more information.

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Tips & Notes

  • Granny Smith and another sweeter apple, like Honeycrisp, make a great combination for this cider.
  • To store, refrigerate in a covered container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Serve it warm with a cinnamon stick and for a boozy kick add some bourbon or rum.

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Apple cider in a glass in front of the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Apple Cider

This Instant Pot Apple Cider is a homemade treat for fall made in the Instant Pot with fresh apples, orange, lemon, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

4.94 from 31 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Pressurize Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 88 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 apples cored and cut in half (2 1/2 to 3 lbs)
  • 1 orange peeled and quartered
  • 2 slices lemon
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 nutmeg
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 pieces star anise optional

Instructions
 

  • Wash and cut the fruit. Pour the fruit into the Instant Pot inner pot.
  • Add the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and star anise (if adding). Pour in water and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing.
  • Press the pressure cook button and set the time to 15 minutes on high pressure. After time is up, allow a natural release for 20 minutes.
  • Open the pot and smash the fruit with a masher.
  • Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
  • Serve the cider hot or cold.

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Notes

  • Granny Smith and another sweeter apple, like Honeycrisp, make a great combination for this cider.
  • To store, refrigerate in a covered container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 156mgFiber: 3gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 92IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
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