Home > Beverages > The BEST Apple Cider The BEST Apple Cider November 12, 2023 | 2 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Homemade Apple Cider has it all–tangy Granny Smiths, sweet Galas, snappy Honeycrisps, and a perfect mix of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and brown sugar to spice things up. You’re going to love this warm beverage! Our Favorite Apple Cider Not to be confused with cold-pressed apple cider; this is a warm, homemade version meant to take the place of those instant packet ciders. Homemade is always better, don’t you think?! It’s the perfect addition to any get-together, sure to impress your guests with its amazing flavor! Not to mention, your home will smell absolutely incredible. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a clever use for any extra fruit you have lying around, and it’s a breeze to make on the stovetop. Plus, no need to peel the apples – they go right into the pot! Apple Cider Ingredients Medium apples, assorted varieties: Use a mix like Granny Smith for tartness, Gala or Fuji for sweetness, and Honeycrisp for a balance of sweet and acidic. No need to peel the apples! Large orange: Peel completely to avoid bitterness from the pith. Water: Filtered water can provide a cleaner taste, but tap water is fine if it’s of good quality. Ground cinnamon: Add to desired preference. Ground nutmeg: A little goes a long way! Salt: Enhances the overall flavor of the cider and balances sweetness. Brown sugar: Light brown sugar adds a subtle molasses flavor. Fresh lemon juice: Adds a bright, tart flavor. Fresh is best! Vanilla extract: Vanilla adds a rich sweetness. How To Make Apple Cider Wash and quarter 10 medium apples; peel 1 large orange. In a large pot, combine apples and oranges with 10 cups of water. Stir in spices. Bring to a boil, then simmer covered on low for 2 hours. Uncover, mash the fruit, and simmer for another hour. Your home will smell amazing! Strain through a sieve, pressing to extract juice; discard solids. Return juice to pot; add remaining cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Warm until sugar dissolves; adjust sweetness. Serve the cider warm and enjoy! Recipe Tips Use a mix of apple varieties for depth of flavor. Sweeten to taste, adding sugar incrementally. Simmer slowly to deepen the flavors. Mash the apples thoroughly to extract maximum juice. Strain with a fine-mesh sieve for a smooth cider. Serving Apple Cider for a Crowd Ideal for parties or holiday gatherings, you can easily scale this cider up. Just double or triple the batch and keep it toasty in a large slow cooker on the ‘WARM‘ setting. Have a ladle and cups handy for serving. Or, if you prefer, chill it and serve in a punch bowl with a ladle! STORAGE How To Store Leftover Apple Cider Refrigerate: Keep cider in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat: Warm it up on the stovetop on low heat or in the microwave. Freeze: Pour into ice cube trays and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge or use straight from the freezer in smoothies or beverages. Use Leftover Apples In These Recipes: Apple Cobbler Apple Crumble Crockpot Apple Butter Apple Smoothie Caramel Apple Bar FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Apple Cider 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe Homemade Apple Cider has got it all - tangy Granny Smiths, sweet Galas, snappy Honeycrisps, and a perfect mix of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and brown sugar to spice things up. You're going to love this warm beverage! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Apple Cider 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Homemade Apple Cider has got it all - tangy Granny Smiths, sweet Galas, snappy Honeycrisps, and a perfect mix of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and brown sugar to spice things up. You're going to love this warm beverage! Course beverage, Drinks Cuisine American, Vegetarian Keyword Apple Cider, homemade Apple Cider Prep Time 20 minutes minutes Cook Time 3 hours hours Total Time 3 hours hours 20 minutes minutes Servings 10 cups Chelsea Lords Calories 110kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $7.98 Ingredients▢ 10 medium apples unpeeled, but cored (4 Granny smith, 3 Gala or Fuji, 3 Honeycrisp)▢ 1 large orange, peeled▢ 10 cups water (filtered preferred)▢ 3 teaspoons cinnamon, separated▢ ¼ teaspoon nutmeg▢ ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt▢ ½ light brown sugar, up to 1 full cup, gently packed▢ 2 tablespoons lemon juice▢ 1 tablespoon vanilla extract InstructionsPREP: Wash the apples thoroughly and cut apples off the core, discard all cores. There's no need to peel the apples. Peel the orange carefully, making sure to remove all the white pith, as it can impart a bitter flavor.START CIDER: In a very large stockpot, combine the prepared apples and orange. Add 10 cups of water. Stir in 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon, the nutmeg, and the sea salt. Place the pot over high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Allow the mixture to simmer gently for 2 hours. MASH FRUIT: After 2 hours, remove the lid. Using a potato masher or a wooden spoon, mash the fruit by pressing it against the sides of the pot. Continue simmering the mashed fruit mixture for an additional hour, uncovered. STRAIN: Turn off the heat. Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl. Carefully ladle the fruit mixture into the sieve. Press the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.FINISH CIDER: Pour the strained liquid back into the pot. Stir in the remaining 1 tsp of cinnamon, the brown sugar (start with ½ cup and add more to reach your desired sweetness, up to 1 cup -- we like it best at ¾ cup), the vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Heat the mixture over medium heat just until warm to ensure the sugar is fully dissolved and the flavors are well combined.ENJOY: Taste the cider and adjust the sweetness and spices if necessary. Serve the cider warm for a cozy beverage. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat before serving. Recipe NotesServing for a crowd: Ideal for parties or holiday gatherings, you can easily scale this cider up. Just double or triple the batch and keep it toasty in a large slow cooker on the 'WARM' setting. Have some cups handy for serving. Storage: Refrigerate: Keep cider in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat: Warm it up on the stovetop on low heat or in the microwave. Freeze: Pour into ice cube trays and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge or use straight from the freezer in smoothies or beverages. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.3mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.