Homemade apple cider- This is a warm, cozy, and delicious recipe that combines fresh apples and fragrant oranges. Add a punch of extra flavor with cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Everyone will fall in love with this spectacular flavor-packed hot apple cider.
Do you love the taste of apple cider? This year instead of buying premade store-bought apple cider, why not try to make your own with fresh apples? This homemade apple cider recipe is incredibly easy to make and tastes a million times better than anything you can buy at the store. Plus, it's a fun activity to get the kids involved. There is nothing better than homemade cider made from scratch and love.
The comfiest thing I can think of is a big cup of homemade warm apple cider, a crackling fireplace, and a good book. The flavor of apples, oranges, and spices in this cider recipe is so comfy and delicious, you won't be able to keep yourself away from another cup. Not only does this apple cider taste amazing, but it also smells heavenly! After making this homemade apple cider, your whole house will smell cozy and sweet for the rest of the day.
Why You’ll Love This Homemade Apple Cider
- Made from scratch- This recipe is made with fresh ingredients so you know exactly what is in it.
- Crowd-pleaser- You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who won’t love this cider.
- Eye-catching- Topped with sliced fruit and a cinnamon stick, this apple cider looks beautiful.
- Easy to make in batches- This apple cider recipe is easily doubled, or tripled, making it perfect for entertaining.
Equipment Needed To Make This Apple Cider From Scratch
- Large Stock Pot
- Potato masher or wooden spoon
- Cheesecloth or fine metal strainer
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Serving dish
Ingredients For Your Apple Cider From Scratch
- Assorted apples, such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala or
- Cinnamon sticks
- Brown sugar
How To Make Your Own Apple Cider
To make homemade apple cider with fresh apples you need to start by cutting the apples and peeling the oranges. Once everything is cut up add them to a large stockpot with the seasoning and cover with water. Cook apples until soft. Once apples are tender, use a potato masher to mash them. Strain the solids and serve warm for everyone to enjoy.
What to Serve/Pair with Your Homemade Apple Cider
To add color, flavor, and pizazz to this apple cider, add sliced apples and a cinnamon stick to the top. If you want it to be even more delicious, top it with vegan whipped cream. You can also decorate the edge of the cup with a cinnamon and brown sugar topping.
Apple cider is a wonderful beverage to sip on its own or I like to have mine with dessert. One of my favorite desserts to pair homemade apple cider with are these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. There’s just something about the combination of peanut butter and apples that I absolutely love.
If you just want a sweet snack to go along with your homemade apple cider, make this Vegan Popcorn with Caramel. It is SO tasty, and combined with the apple cider, will taste like a sea salt caramel apple - yum!
Popular Substitutions & Additions
- If you don't have any cinnamon sticks, crush or grind cinnamon into a powder instead and sprinkle on top.
- If you don't want your apple cider to be too sweet, you can skip the brown sugar.
How To Reheat & Store Homemade Apple Cider With Fresh Apples
Homemade apple cider will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days. Allow it to cool fully before pouring it into a sealed, airtight container. I like to fill a big mason jar or an empty gallon container with it. You may reheat your apple cider in a pot on the stove, microwave a small amount in an individual cup, or keep it warm for several hours by heating it in the crockpot. You may also freeze this homemade cider. Pour it into a sealed, freezer-safe container once it has fully cooled. It will keep for up to two months in the freezer. When you're ready to drink it, thaw it in the fridge. You can either sip it cold or reheat it using one of the methods above.
Homemade Apple Cider FAQs
Can I use applesauce instead of having to mash the fresh apples?
No, for this recipe you’ll want to use fresh, sliced apples. You want the juice that will simmer out of them when they are fresh. They will be very easy to mash once they have softened from the water and heat.
Does it matter what kind of apples I use?
No, you can use whichever apples are your favorite. I have even mixed several different kinds together and it is still delicious.
Can I make this in the crockpot instead of on the stove?
You’ll need to make it on the stove to ensure that the fruit softens enough, but once it is ready, you can transfer it to the crockpot to keep it warm.
Can I use honey instead of brown sugar to sweeten this cider?
Sure, you can use honey. I recommend putting it into each individual mug to your desired sweetness, rather than into the whole batch. Just put a drop (or a few drops if you like yours to be extra sweet) and stir it in. If the cider is warm, the honey will dissolve and taste sweet and delicious.
Why do I have to add oranges to this apple cider?
I know that it may seem silly to add oranges in an apple cider, but the oranges add a great flavor and round out the fruity taste of the cider. They also pair really well with the cider.
Other Homemade Drink Recipes You’ll Love
- Best Homemade Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix
- Iced Matcha Latte Recipe
- Blueberry Protein Shake
- Vegan Grasshopper Drink Recipe
- Apple Smoothie
Don’t Forget To Come Back And Let Me Know How Your homemade Apple Cider With Fresh Apples Turned Out!
Homemade Apple Cider
- 10-12 medium apples assorted such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala or
- 2 oranges peeled and sectioned
- 1 tbsp whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 whole nutmeg
- water about 16-20 cups
- ½ to 1 cup brown sugar depending on taste
- Clean and cut apples and oranges.
- Add to large stockpot.
- Add seasonings.
- Cover with water.
- Heat over high heat until simmering.
- Continue to simmer about 2 hours or until apples are very soft.
- Mash apples and oranges with a potato masher or large wooden spoon against the side of the pot.
- Cover and simmer for about 1 more hour.
- Carefully strain solids from cider using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer, pressing solids against the strainer to release the juices.
- Discard the solids.
- Add brown sugar to taste.
- Serve warm, room temperature or chilled with apple slices and cinnamon stick, if desired.