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Homemade Spiced Apple Cider

Homemade Spiced Apple Cider

For an “at home” version, the apples are simmered in a pot with spices over a long period of time until they break down. The mixture is then smashed and strained.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, apple cider, drink, fall, juice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours


  • 10 large apples, halved (I use a mix of Granny Smith and Gala)
  • ½ orange
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ teaspoon whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


  • Add the apples, orange, cinnamon and cloves to a large Dutch oven. Cover the apples with 12 cups of water (¾ gallon).
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the apples start to break down, about 3 hours.
  • Use the back of a spoon or potato masher to break up the apples. Continue cooking, uncovered, for an additional hour over low heat.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on the solids to get all the liquid out.
  • Return to the pot and sweeten the mixture with maple syrup.
  • Serve the apple cider warm or chilled. Pour into a container and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.