Spiced Apple Cider | Mulled Apple Cider in Instant Pot

December 23, 2017 (Updated: April 18, 2019) By Aneesha |

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Spiced Apple Cider– fresh, sweet and tart apples, cooked with sugar and warm spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger, and strained, to get a delicious cup of cider that can warm up your soul on a cold winter night.  

It’s like having apple pie… in a mug!

Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider

My kids don’t really like a whole lot of sweet beverages.  But, apple cider is an exception.

In summers, they love a sparkling apple cider, and, in winters, this is their favorite recipe to make with me. They absolutely love fresh warm homemade Spiced Apple Cider / Mulled Apple Cider.

The big bonus is, that the day we make it, the whole house smells like a giant apple pie, who can complain about that now! Can you tell how much we like apple pie 🙂

Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider topshot

Choice of Apples for this Easy Apple Cider Recipe

Making this easy hot Apple Cider is a breeze, or as my kids like to say, “its what you get when the sweet and tart apples hang out with the warm spices”.

I use organic Pink Lady or Gala apples for the sweetness, and the Granny Smith apples give it a slight tart bite.  The cinnamon, cloves, and ginger give it the warmth, almost as if you were curled up by the fireplace!

Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider next to green and red apples

Doubling This Apple Cider Recipe

It is pretty easy to double-up this recipe and make it in large batches, which makes it perfect for serving during big get-togethers.

I used to make this hot apple cider recipe on the stove till I got my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot.   I leave it on ‘Keep Warm’ mode through the party, this way the guests can help themselves to a cup of hot cider!   Its a great conversation starter too 🙂

Making Hard Apple Cider

If you are looking to spike your apple cider with alcohol to make a “hard apple cider”, a great combination is spiced apple cider with rum or bourbon.  I would do a ratio of 4 parts of this homemade apple cider to 1 part rum.

How to Make Apple Cider

This is an easy pour-and-start homemade apple cider recipe.  Tie the mulling spices, cloves and cinnamon, in a cheese cloth.   Then, simply dump all the ingredients in the instant pot — apples, ginger, spice pouch, brown sugar, and water.  Pressure cook and then follow the steps to strain the cider!   And you are done!

Cut apple slices in the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Apple Cider- straining the apple sauce

Use the Pulp for Apple Spice Pancakes

Don’t discard the pulp you get after straining the cider for the second time. We use that pulp to make Apple Spice Pancakes or in a Apple Spice cake, and the flavors are AMAZING!

You see how this recipe is quite a win-win!  Try it, this may become your favorite family holiday beverage to make.  Its ours for sure!

Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider leftover applesauce

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Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

Spiced Apple Cider | Mulled Cider in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Fresh, sweet and tart apples, pressure cooked with sugar and warm spices. A cup of this warm spiced apple cider is like having apple pie... in a mug!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting times: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Spice Cravings


  • 2 Granny Smith apples cored and sliced
  • 6 Gala apples or Pink Lady apples, cored and sliced
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar : adjust to taste
  • 1 inch ginger sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves : adjust to taste
  • 5 cups water or 6 cups, if you like your cider less dense


  • Prep: Tie the cloves and cinnamon sticks in a cheese cloth, to make a spice pouch. Core the apples and slice them in 1/4 inch slices.
  • Turn Instant Pot on. Add the sliced apples, brown sugar, ginger, spice pouch, and water into the Instant Pot. Stir well. Close lid. Set vent to Sealing mode. Press 15 minutes Manual (high) or Pressure Cook.
    Cut apple slices in the Instant Pot
  • Open lid after letting the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, (QR after 15). Use a spatula stir and break down the apples. Alternatively, use a potato masher to fully mash the apples.
    Cooked apples & spices in Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider
  • Strain this mix through a strainer into a separate bowl, using a spatula to push down the pulp. After you are done straining, strain the liquid once more, stirring only lightly, so the strainer holds back the pulp. Don't discard the pulp, it can be used as applesauce for making pancakes and Apple cake. The apple cider is ready to drink.
    Instant Pot Apple Cider- straining the apple sauce



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Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 2.6% | Vitamin C: 13.5% | Calcium: 6.3% | Iron: 3.7%
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail, holiday drinks, holiday recipes
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Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

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  • Reply
    Albert Bevia
    January 8, 2018 at 6:40 am

    This sounds so good and tasty! what a great idea, I gotta try this spiced apple cider

    • Reply
      January 8, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Thank you Albert! Hope you do. Would love to hear how you like it!

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