Best Instant Pot Hot Apple Cider

This tasty instant pot apple cider is so easy to make in your pressure cooker! Homemade apple cider is made with green and red apples, an orange, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. This is one of the many tasty instant pot apple dessert recipes we have shared!

Overhead shot of a glass of instant pot apple cider topped with an orange slice and cinnamon stick.

I love drinking apple cider in the fall and winter months. There is something about the warm drink made with fall’s favorite fruit that warms your soul and brings a sense of joy. It’s even better when you make it from scratch in your own home because it makes your kitchen smell amazing. 

Of course, I knew I needed to create this recipe in my instant pot because it makes everything easier (make sure you try instant pot iced tea and Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes, too)! This instant pot apple cider recipe is ready in under an hour from start to finish. You can set it on the keep warm setting after cooking it and serve it directly from the pot at a party. 

Two girls sitting at a table smiling and drinking instant pot apple cider.

Or you can refrigerate it and enjoy homemade apple cider for over a week – if it lasts that long. My girls were my official taste testers and they approved!

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Apple cider ingredients

Homemade apple cider is very forgiving. You can add extra flavors you like but the basis is lots of apples, citrus, water, sweetener, and warming spices.

A cutting board filled with red and green apples, an orange, and two cinnamon sticks.

  • Apples: We like to use a combination of green apples and sweet red apples (like gala or honey crisp)
  • Oranges: We recommend peeling your orange as the peel adds bitterness to the apple cider
  • Cinnamon Sticks: whole cinnamon sticks are best for apple cider, but they can be substituted for grated cinnamon, if needed.
  • Water: Water is the base of your apple cider. Make sure it is at least covering your apples and oranges in the pot.
  • Cloves: Another great warming spice. We used ground cloves, but whole cloves also work well.
  • Brown sugar: This is our favorite way to sweeten apple cider, but you can also use maple syrup, granulated sugar, and artificial sweeteners.

How to make instant pot apple cider?

  • Start by cutting your apples in quarters
  • Remove the peel of the orange and quarter it.
  • Add the apples, orange, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, and cloves to your instant pot. The instant pot filled with cut up apples and oranges, cinnamon sticks, and ground cloves.
  • Cover the fruit with water.
  • Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. A finger setting the instant pot to 25 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and mash up the fruit using a potato masher to release any extra juices. A potato masher mashing up the fruit inside the pot of homemade apple cider.
  • Bring the cider back to a simmer using the sauté function and let it cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve to separate any solids. (Cheesecloth can also be used) Apple cider being strained through a mesh strainer.
  • Whisk in the brown sugar until dissolved.
  • Serve warm or chill and serve. A hand holding a glass of homemade instant pot apple cider.

What kind of apples for apple cider?

I love using a combination of tart Granny Smith apples and sweet gala apples in my apple cider. However, you can use any variety of apples that you have on hand. Keep in mind that if you use only tart apples, you may need to add more sweetener at the end.

This is easy enough to do simply by taste testing it and slowly mixing in more sweetener until you reach the desired sweetness. We love using brown sugar to sweeten our apple cider, but you could use maple syrup or a sugar substitute like Splenda.

Two glasses of apple cider topped with cinnamon sticks.

What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice?

Apple cider is an unfiltered apple juice often made with the addition of warming spices and citrus. Apple juice is made only from apples and is filtered and pasteurized to preserve freshness. 

A glass of apple cider on top of an apple printed dish towel.

How long does apple cider stay fresh?

Apple cider will stay fresh in your refrigerator up to 10 days. Any longer than that and you will want to plan on making a fresh batch.

Overhead shot of two glasses of instant pot apple cider next to a red and green apple.

Instant Pot Apple Cider

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This tasty instant pot apple cider is so easy to make in your pressure cooker! Homemade apple cider is made with green and red apples, an orange, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 4 gala apples, cored and quartered
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and quartered
  • 1 orange, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine the water, apples, orange, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, and cloves inside the instant pot.
  2. Close the lid and set the pressure release valve to sealing.
  3. Press the manual or pressure cook button and set to 25 minutes.
  4. Quick release the pressure.
  5. Remove the lid and mash up the fruit using a potato masher to release additional juices.
  6. Press the sautte button and bring apple cider to a boil.
  7. Let the apple cider simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Turn the instant pot off.
  9. Strain the apple cider through a fine mesh strainer.
  10. Serve warm or chill and serve.
  11. Refrigerate any leftovers and consume within 10 days.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 87Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 12mgCarbohydrates 21gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 3gSugar 17gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 0g

Nutrition information is an estimate.

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