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The Best Instant Pot Apple Cider

I love fall. Pumpkin patches and apples seem to go hand in hand. One thing that I love about apples in the fall is FRESH, homemade apple cider. This is a treat that is wonderful either during or after your favorite fall activity or curled up reading your favorite books with the family.

Making memories and enjoying homemade cider are the most precious times for us as a family.

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Are you looking for the best homemade apple cider recipe? This Instant Pot apple cider is so simple to make and will give you that perfectly spiced and maple sweetened taste you are dreaming of. A perfect drink to serve on a chilly night or for holiday parties through the fall and winter months.

Once you make this Instant Pot apple cider recipe, you will never purchase store bought cider again. Made with apples, a navel orange, anise, cinnamon sticks and maple syrup for that authentic apple cider taste. 

Apple cider is a traditional drink that we serve in fall and winter in our home. Sometimes we drink it warm and other times we drink it straight from the fridge chilled. If you haven’t tried chilled cider, give it a try. You might just love it! Chilled apple cider reminds me of a spiced up apple juice and I can’t seem to get enough of it. 

What Is The Difference Between Apple Cider and Apple Juice

Depending on where you live, the standards and how apple cider is made in your area vary. Generally, apple cider is unpasteurized and is thicker in consistency. It will go bad a lot quicker than apple juice. Apple juice, on the other hand, offers a more clear look and is pasteurized, so it has a longer shelf life.

Some brands will sell a pasteurized apple cider that will have a longer shelf life until it is opened. Either way, if you take a sip of each, you will notice the apple cider has more of a spiced flavor compared to that of apple juice. 

Instant Pot Homemade Apple Cider 

If you spend as little as 10 minutes on my blog, you know I have a significant love for my Instant Pot. From making infused water, delicious main dishes, and even desserts in my Instant Pot on a regular basis, the possibilities are endless. The beauty of the Instant Pot for making apple cider is it helps infuse those flavors in minutes.

You don’t have to cook it low and slow for hours until the flavors infuse together. In under 30 minutes, you can have a homemade apple cider that tastes like it has been brewing all day long. 

This is such a simple and easy apple cider recipe. I know you all will love it after you give it a try. Whip this up for an after school treat, take to a potluck, add some whipped cream and caramel for a decadent drink, or sip on it chilled. No matter how or when you serve this cider, I know it will be a crowd-pleasing drink. 

What is your favorite drink for the fall and winter season? 

Instant Pot Apple Cider

Makes – ½ gallon

Ingredients

  • 6 large Apples, cored and thinly sliced (we used a mix of Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji and Pink Lady)
  • 1 Naval Orange, thinly sliced
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • ½ teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 2 Whole Star Anise
  • 2” inch knob of Fresh Ginger, thinly sliced (optional)
  • ½ cup of Maple Syrup
  • ½ gallon of Water

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Instructions

  1. Thinly slice all the apples and the orange and place it the instant pot.                    
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and ginger.                                                                                          
  3. Add the water. It should cover the fruit.                                                                                                                   
  4. Next add the maple syrup and give a good mix.            
  5. Put the lid on, making sure that the pressure valve is in the “Sealing” position.
  6. Select the “Pressure Cook” mode. Adjust the time, with the “- / +” to 15 minutes.                                             
  7. When Instant Pot beeps, let the pressure release the natural way for at least 15 minutes and then using the spoon that comes with the instant pot, turn the pressure valve to “Venting” position to do the quick release.                                                                                                                                                                  
  8. Open the lid and mash the fruits with a potato masher to get all the juices out.                                              
  9. Strain the fruit pulp from the cider using a fine mesh strainer.                                                                            
  10. Serve the hot cider with a slice of orange and cinnamon stick. Refrigerate any leftovers.                                

So after I finished this recipe, we really just loved the taste of THE BEST Instant Pot Apple Cider you’ll ever have, to make more and use in another recipe. Doughnuts!!! Air Fryer Apple Cider Doughnut Bites to be exact! So don’t forget to check out that recipe too. YUM!

Don’t Forget to Print The Recipe Out For Later! 

The Best Instant Pot Apple Cider
Author: Laura
Ingredients
  • 6 large Apples, cored and thinly sliced (we used a mix of Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji and Pink Lady)
  • 1 Naval Orange, thinly sliced
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/2 tsp Whole Cloves
  • 2 whole Star Anise
  • 2 inch knob of Fresh Ginger, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 galloon of Water
Instructions
  1. Thinly slice all the apples and the orange and place it the instant pot.

  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and ginger.

  3. Add the water. It should cover the fruits.

  4. Next add the maple syrup and give a good mix.

  5. Put the lid on, making sure that the pressure valve is in the “Sealing” position.

  6. Select the “Pressure Cook” mode. Adjust the time, with the “- / +” to 15 minutes.

  7. When Instant Pot beeps, let the pressure release the natural way for at least 15 minutes and then using the small plastic spoon that comes with the instant pot, turn the pressure valve to “Venting” position to do the quick release.

  8. Open the lid and mash the fruits with a potato masher to get all the juices out.

  9. Strain the fruit pulp from the cider using a fine mesh strainer. 

  10. Serve the hot cider with a slice of orange and cinnamon stick. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Laura Awe Filled Homemaker

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