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apple cider in a glass cup topped with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick

Homemade Apple Cider

Apple Season is here which means Homemade Apple Cider! Yes yes please. Sweet and tart apples are cooked together with oranges and warm spices.
Course Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider, how to make apple cider
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 211kcal


  • 5 pounds apples I used 2.5 pounds of fuji's and 2.5 pounds of granny smith
  • 1 navel orange cut in half
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 8 cups cold water


  • Wash apples, cut into quarters and core. Add apple quarters to a large pot. Add orange halves, brown sugar, cinamon sticks, cloves and water.
  • Cover pot and bring to boil, then reduce to simmer and cook covered for 1 hour.
  • Remove lid, discard orange halves, mash apples, then cover and cook on low another 45 minutes.
  • Strain apples from cider by pouring through a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth.
  • Serve warm with whipped cream and caramel sauce or store in containers and refrigerate and enjoy cold.


Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg