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Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

Homemade Apple Cider

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes


  • 1012 medium apples assorted such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala or
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • Water, about 16-20 cups
  • ½ to 1 cup brown sugar, depending on taste


  1. Clean and cut apples and oranges
  2. Add to large stockpot
  3. Add seasonings
  4. Cover with water
  5. Heat over high heat until simmering
  6. Continue to simmer about 2 hours or until apples are very soft
  7. Mash apples and oranges with a potato masher or large wooden spoon against the side of the pot
  8. Cover and simmer for about 1 more hour
  9. Carefully strain solids from cider using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer, pressing solids against the strainer to release the juices
  10. Discard the solids
  11. Add brown sugar to taste
  12. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled with apple slices and cinnamon stick, if desired.


  • Serving Size: 10-12