Instant Pot Apple Cider

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Made with fresh apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks, this Instant Pot Apple Cider is the perfect fall drink. It’s simple, easy, and delicious!

Whether you love your pressure cooker apple cider chilled or prefer hot apple cider, this Instant Pot Apple Cider recipe is sure to please. Make your own homemade apple cider with this easy recipe.


Why You’ll Love This Recipe?

  • Seasonally Delightful: This apple cider recipe captures the essence of fall in a comforting drink.
  • Effortless Preparation: Let your Instant Pot do the work, making your own apple cider.
  • Perfectly Sweet and Spicy: The blend of apples, spices, and sweetness is absolutely irresistible.

Recipe Ingredients

You won’t need much to make apple cider. This recipes only uses 4-ingredients. And, one of those you have right in your faucet.

  • Apples: Using a variety of apple types, such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Fuji, adds complexity to the cider with a mix of sweet, tart, and crisp flavors.
  • Brown Sugar: Provides a touch of sweetness to the apple cider, balancing out the natural tartness of the apples. I
  • Cinnamon Sticks: Brings a delightful aroma and enhances the taste, giving the cider a comforting and autumnal character.
  • Water: Needed to dilute the apple juice and create the base for the apple cider.
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How To Make Instant Pot Apple Cider?

This recipe only takes a few minutes to prep and then the Instant Pot does the rest. Get ready to whip up a super easy holiday drink.

Step One: Cut the Apples

Cut your apples into quarters and place them in the Instant Pot.

Step Two: Add Water

Add 6 cups of water or fill it to the max line around your inner pot.

Step Three: Add Cinnamon and Sugar

Next, add the sugar and cinnamon sticks. Close lid and seal the pressure valve.

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Step Four: Pressure Cook

Hit the manual or pressure cook button and set the time for 30-minutes. Then, manually release the pressure by putting the sealing valve in the venting position.

Step Five: Mash the Apples

Remove your lid and mash the apples with a potato masher. Then, close the lid again and put the pressure valve into the sealing position.

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Step Six: Pressure Cook… Again

Hit the manual or pressure cook button and set the time for another 30-minutes. Manually release the pressure.

Step Seven: Strain The Cider

Pour the cider over a cheese cloth and strain cider into a bowl. 

Step Eight: Chill Or Serve

Chill cider or drink warm.

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Expert Tips

  • Choose the Right Apples: Opt for a mix of sweet and tart apple varieties, like Honeycrisp and Granny Smith, to achieve a well-balanced flavor profile.
  • Add Citrus for Brightness: Enhance the apple flavor with a touch of citrus. Squeeze in some fresh orange juice or add a couple of orange slices for a citrusy twist.
  • Spice it Up: Infuse warm spices like cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and a dash of nutmeg for that classic apple cider taste. Adjust the spice level based on your preference.

Best Apples For Apple Cider

  • When choosing the best apples for your Instant Pot Apple Cider, it really depends on what you want your cider to taste like. Some prefer a sweet taste while others prefer an acidic flavor. Choose apples based on your tastebuds:

Apples for Traditional Sweet Cider:

  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Pink Lady
  • Jonagold
  • Honey Crisp

Apples for Acidic Cider

  • McIntosh
  • Cortland
  • Granny Smith
Instant Pot Apple Cider


You can use a variety of other flavorings to add a twist to this apple cider recipes such as the following:

  • Add Vodka to make Vodka Spiked Apple Cider.
  • Add Rum to make Rum Spiked Apple Cider.
  • Add Fresh or Frozen Cranberries for Cranberry Apple Cider.
  • Add Caramel Syrup Or Maple Syrup for a sweeter taste.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Cinnamon Sticks or Apple Slices: Garnish the drink with a cinnamon stick or float apple slices for a decorative touch and added flavor.
  • Citrus Twists: Add a twist of lemon or orange peel to brighten the flavor of the apple cider.
  • Caramel Drizzle: For a sweet and indulgent treat, drizzle caramel syrup on top of the apple cider.
  • Whipped Cream: Top your warm apple cider with a dollop of whipped cream for a comforting and luxurious touch.
  • Spiced Rim: Combine cinnamon and sugar to create a spiced rim on the glass, enhancing the overall experience.
  • Nutmeg or Allspice Sprinkle: Grate a little nutmeg or sprinkle allspice on top of the apple cider for a warm and aromatic flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract: Add a drop or two of vanilla extract to the apple cider for a subtle and sweet undertone.
  • Ginger Slices: Thin slices of fresh ginger can add a zesty and slightly spicy kick to your apple cider.
  • Mulling Spices: Infuse the cider with mulling spices like cloves, star anise, and cardamom for a festive and aromatic blend.
  • Serve with Pastries: Pair apple cider with baked goods such as apple pie, cinnamon rolls, or cider donuts for a delightful combination.


What Is Apple Cider?

Apple cider is a delicious, non-alcoholic drink that’s made from raw apples. This cider is actually a spiced apple cider since we are adding sugar and cinnamon to it. This sweet apple cider offers a sweet, crisp taste that pairs beautifully with cool air and autumn leaves. What’s even better is that it can be served hot or cold, making it a versatile drink to be enjoyed by everyone.

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What’s the Difference Between Apple Cider and Apple Juice?

Apple cider and apple juice are two different beverages. Some people use the terms interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two even though both are made by pressing ripe apples into an unfiltered juice.

The differences comes in the filtration and bottling process. Apple juice is always filtered to remove the pulp and sediment whereas, apple cider is not. Additionally, apple juice is heated before bottling which changes the flavor and ads to its shelf life. Thus, apple juice is less perishable than cider.

Instant Pot Apple Cider

Is Apple Cider Alcoholic?

Fresh, homemade apple cider is not alcoholic. However, it will ferment over time and become alcoholic. If you don’t want your Instant Pot apple cider to become alcoholic, it is best to drink it within two weeks of making it.

How To Keep Apple Cider Warm?

If you want warm apple cider you leave the keep warm button on the Instant Pot and it will remain warm for up to 10 hours.

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Instant Pot Apple Cider

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

If you want something more organic and authentic Apple Cider you can at your home, then you can try this Instant Pot Apple Cider recipe now.


  • 6-8 apples
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 cups of water or to max line
  • 3 cinnamon sticks


  1. Quarter apples and place in the instant pot 
  2. Add water to max or 6 cups.
  3. Add sugar and cinnamon sticks. Close lid and seal the pressure valve 
  4. Cook on high for 30 minutes. Manually release pressure. 
  5. Remove lid and mash apples with a potato masher. Close lid and seal pressure valve.
  6. Pressure cook on high for 30 minutes. Manually release pressure valve. 
  7. Pour over a cheese cloth and strain cider into a bowl. 
  8. Chill cider or drink warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 5gSugar: 41gProtein: 1g

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