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Homemade apple cider is the ultimate fall drink with lots of big apple flavor, spices, and a touch of citrus to bring it all together. Delicious and super-easy to make in a slow-cooker, instant pot, or on the stovetop!
Two glasses of apple cider next to apples and cinnamon sticks.
Apple cider is one of the best treats to make in the fall, it tastes delicious and also irresistible.
10 apples Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, gala, and Braeburn are all great.
4 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp whole cloves
2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 cups water or enough to cover your apples.
Wash the orange and apples. Use a sharp knife to cut a few strips of orange peel off; just the orange skin not the white pith. Peel the orange then cut it into pieces. Quarter the apples.
Add the apples and orange along with two strips of orange skin into the slow cooker, sprinkle the brown sugar, and add the cinnamon sticks, allspice and cloves then cover with water.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Your cider is done cooking when the apples are completely soft.
Use a potato masher or large spoon to mash the apples and orange then strain by pressing against a mesh sieve or by using a cheesecloth. Enjoy warm or chilled.