Sweet and tart apples cooked with sugar, cinnamon, cloves and ginger, and strained to get a delicious Spiced Apple Cider that can warm up your soul on a chilly evening. Enjoy this fall favorite with this easy Instant Pot or stovetop recipe.
Prep: Tie the cloves and cinnamon sticks in a cheese cloth, to make a spice pouch. Core the apples and slice them in ¼ 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.
Open lid after letting the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, (QR after 10). Use a spatula stir and break down the apples. Alternatively, use a potato masher to fully mash the apples.
Strain this apple 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 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.
Tips for Making and Serving Spiced Apple Cider:
This recipe for hot Apple Cider can be made with almost any variety of apples. I use Pink Lady or Gala apples for sweetness, and Granny Smith apples to give the cider a slight tart bite.
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 and holiday parties.
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 Apple Spice cake, and the flavors are AMAZING!
I serve this cider warm in a cup with a cinnamon stick for that added sweet and warm cinnamon flavor.
If you are looking to spike your apple cider with alcohol to make a Hard Apple Cider, a great combination is Rum or Bourbon. I follow a ratio of 4 parts of this homemade apple cider to 1 part rum, you can tweak it to your liking.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.