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Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

This delicious and comforting homemade apple cider recipe screams Fall! It’s super easy to make and everyone will want seconds of this hot homemade beverage. Give it a try this Fall!

apple cider in a glass

Now that Fall is close I decided to make my family a big pot of homemade apple cider.

It was hard waiting for it to be finished because I hadn’t had any in a couple of years.

Last time I made it I used bottled apple juice because I was being lazy and didn’t feel like quartering apples.

While it was good that way, I definitely prefer how I made it this time using actual apples and no bottled juice.

Ingredients needed

  • A variety of red apples (quartered)
  • orange (peeled)
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves
  • ground nutmeg
  • brown sugar
  • water

How do you make apple cider from scratch?

Making apple cider is incredibly easy. It is a simple process and yet the end result is so rewarding.

It does take about 3 hours to make, but the majority of this time is hands off.

Put the apples, orange, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and nutmeg in a large pot.


Add the water and bring to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for about 3 hours.

making apple cider

Then remove from heat and strain the mixture into a pitcher. Make sure to mash the apples while straining to get all of the flavor out.

straining mixture

After you strain the cider and taste it, you will find that it is naturally sweet.

I do like mine sweeter though so I added 1/2 cup of brown sugar to mine. You can add more or less depending on how sweet you want yours.

I think it is best served warm but you can also serve it cold.

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This homemade apple cider recipe is a wonderful beverage to make for guests because not only does it taste delicious but it smells amazing while simmering! So your guests will be pleasantly surprised when they walk in your door.

I hope you give this recipe a try this Fall. Thank you for visiting! See you soon.

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2.8 from 5 votes

Homemade apple cider

This perfect Fall beverage not only taste good but will also have your home smelling amazing!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider, apple cider recipe, homemade apple cider
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 92 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 10 apples quartered (I used red apples)
  • 1 orange halved and peeled
  • 4 small cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1/2 cups brown sugar


  1. Put all ingredients except for the sugar in a large stockpot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 3 hours.

  3. Strain the apple cider into a pitcher. Mashing the apple chunks to get all the juice out.
  4. Add sugar to the pitcher and stir until dissolved.
  5. Serve warm.
  6. When cool store in the refrigerator. Can also be served cold.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade apple cider
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 149mg4%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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