How To Make Apple Cider

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Apple cider is one of my absolute favorite parts of fall. I’ll never forget drinking a fresh glass of apple cider at an orchard after a day of apple-picking back when I was in elementary school. It was such a special treat. It was not until just recently that I discovered how easy it is to make apple cider at home. It hardly requires any ingredients or work. All you need is a few hours of patience!

Ingredients & materials:

Homemade apple cider ingredients

10 apples (I used fuji apples for a cider that would be naturally on the sweeter side — read our post on the benefits of apples to find out about some different types!)
½ cup sugar (You may want to add more if your apples are tart)
4 cinnamon sticks
Water (Enough to cover the apples in the pot)
Large stock pot
Cheesecloth
Strainer
Potato masher

Directions:

1. Quarter your apples and place them into your pot. Feel free to leave the skin and seeds in tact – this will not affect your outcome. Fill the pot with just enough water to cover the apples, then add in the sugar.

Apples in a pot

2. Wrap your cinnamon sticks in a doubled-up cheesecloth and tie. Then place into the pot. You could also add in any other spices of your choice – allspice, cloves, etc.

Cinnamon sticks on a cheesecloth

3. Boil uncovered on high for one hour, checking frequently.

4. Turn heat to low and let simmer for two hours, covered.

5. Remove from heat and let cool.

5. Discard spices and mash apples to a pulp.

6. Use a strainer to separate the juice from the pulp. Then place the pulp in a doubled-up cheesecloth and squeeze out the reminder of the juice.

7. If you’d like, you can carve out an apple and use it to serve your apple cider! It looks adorable with an extra cinnamon stick in there, as well.

Apple cider in an apple, doiley, pinecone

This cider should stay good for about a week, if stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

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Dani -October 8, 2013, 9:45AM

Love apple cider. Not too bad with some whiskey in there on a cold night, too :)

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Juliette Laura -October 8, 2013, 10:10AM

Oh my goodness! I never knew it was this easy, definitely going to be making this!!

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Alexa Sonken {Invitations for Creatives} -October 8, 2013, 10:21AM

This may be the cutest little recipe ever! Love the idea of putting it in an apple.

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Liz -October 8, 2013, 10:35AM

I feel cheated. My mother just added cider spices to apple juice, heated it up, and told us it was cider. No wonder it didn’t taste quite the same.

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Alexa -October 8, 2013, 11:06AM

This is the perfect recipe for those cold fall nights! I am so excited to try this!!! :)

Megan -October 8, 2013, 11:39AM

This looks so yummy! I might wait for Thanksgiving to roll around and make this for the family..Thank you so much for the awesome recipe!

a. Wagner -October 8, 2013, 12:24PM

This is a great idea, I would have never thought to make my own! For a fresh and unpasteurized version, you could probably just throw apples in a blender and strain them through cheesecloth, too.

Thanks for the great idea!

Joanne -October 8, 2013, 8:42PM

I am obsessed with fall and I love this idea! I just may have to make this!
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Rebecca -October 9, 2013, 4:24AM

Oh, I can’t wait to try this! Love how it looks in an apple.

Ellen -October 10, 2013, 12:27AM

This looks great. My apple tree keeled over recently, so this seems like the perfect thing to make with all the apples!
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Ray @ Make Your Hair Grow Faster -October 10, 2013, 5:08PM

This looks like a fun Sunday activity! Thanks for sharing, I would have assumed the process would be far more difficult than this! http://makeyourhairgrowfaster.net/seven-foods-for-healthier-hair/

JuleneTheGypsy -October 13, 2013, 12:29PM

I love apple cider! I actually have an apple tree out back so this is perfect. I’ll try sweetening it with stevia instead of sugar. YUM.

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jessi -October 26, 2013, 3:48PM

i just made this! its in the fridge, can’t wait to try it!

virginia -January 9, 2014, 9:21PM

I use it to treat my cat’s dry skin. Just put a little vinegar in a spray bottle with water and mist. His fur was so dry and he looked like he had dandruff, now his coat is healthy and he has no flakes. I also use a lint roller, he seems to love it!

Emily -September 7, 2014, 6:48PM

Could you can this in a hot water bath?

tiki artfose -September 20, 2014, 1:29AM

I made it today and it tasted awesome. Then I took what was left of the apples and maid apple sauce.

Dani -September 26, 2014, 5:31PM

SOOOO simple. I can’t find apple cider (not this kind) in the UK, so I’m pumped to be able to make it myself.

holly -October 1, 2014, 2:21PM

Can you can apple cider?

Michele Moyes -October 4, 2014, 2:47AM

Can you freeze the apple cider for longer storage time !

EP -October 14, 2014, 4:31PM

I have a question about using a cheesecloth. Is this step actually necessary, or can you just put in the cinnamon sticks. I have zero experience using cinnamon sticks in recipes.

Sue's Akorn Shop -November 28, 2014, 1:20PM

Can’t wait to try this :-)

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