Homemade Apple Cider

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There is something so wonderfully nostalgic about cider mulling on the stove, infused with beautiful orange slices, cinnamon sticks and cloves, filling up the house with that most heavenly of heavenly spicy aromas.  Mmmmm….

But for years, the “homemade” cider I’ve made has always come from the big glass jar I’ve purchased in my annual fall cider pilgrimage to the store.  It was only until recently that I ever really thought about investigating how to make a batch completely from scratch.  So during a beautiful fall day today, with the windows open and a cool breeze blowing through the house, I decided to give it a try.

Now, I have no idea why I waited so long.  :)

(Here was my old photo of this apple cider recipe, circa 2010.)

Homemade Apple Cider -- it's so easy to make all-natural apple cider from scratch! | gimmesomeoven.com

The entire process was such a delight.  It turns out that the initial prep work for the cider could not be easier.  (I think it took me all of five minutes.)  Basically, you let the apples and spices do their work for a few hours, while your home fills with the most wonderful, spicy aroma.  And then after a little straining, you have a pot full of warm, delicious cider ready to be ladeled into your favorite mug and savored.  Amazingly simple.

My favorite thing about the process, though, was just watching it all come together from scratch.  I know that probably sounds obvious, but this was my first time making a homemade apple juice.  Sure, I’ve juiced oranges and lemons and limes plenty of times before.  But the anticipation of waiting for the crisp apples, cinnamon sticks and whole spices to mull together and create this completely new cider just felt different.  Felt like I was connecting with a bit of tradition.  A bit of history.  I love it.  :)

Will definitely be making this my new fall tradition!

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Homemade Apple Cider

You’ll love how this Homemade Apple Cider recipe mulling on the stove fills your house with the comforting aroma of apple, orange, cinnamon and cloves.


  • 12 medium apples, assorted types (I used mostly Gala, Granny Smith & Red Delicious)
  • 2 oranges
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. whole allspice (optional)
  • 1 gallon (16 cups) water, more or less
  • 1/2 – 1 cup brown sugar (or your desired sweetener*)


Wash apples and the orange, and then roughly cut into quarters. (Don’t worry about removing peels, seeds, or stems.)  Place in a large stock pot.  Add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.  Cover with water, filling the pot until it is nearly full. (I left about 2 inches of space at the top of my pot.) Bring to a simmer over high heat, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 2 hours.

Once the apples have softened after an hour or two, use a potato masher (or tongs or the side of a spoon) to mash the apple and orange slices once they are soft.  Cook for one more hour.

Strain out the apple cider into a clean pitcher or pot.  To get the maximum juice out of the apples, you can press them through a fine-mesh strainer or strain through a cheese cloth.  Stir in your desired amount of sweetener until it is dissolved.

Serve hot.

You can also transfer the cider to a heat-safe sealed container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.  Just rewarm the cider to serve.

Recipe adapted from Chaos in the Kitchen http://chaosinthekitchen.com/2008/10/homemade-apple-cider-because-you-can/

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  8. Hi Ali, 
    I was blown away by the cider that resulted from your recipe! It was so delicious it didn’t last more than a night between the four of us. I’m currently writing a post about ways to cook with apples and would love to include a picture/link to your recipe, would that we okay?

    • Thank you Sarah, we’re happy to hear you loved this! and of course you can include a photo and link back to the recipe, thanks for asking! :)

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  17. Wow — just saw the retraction/apology from the PR firm that used your photo and recipe in an email. Congrats for standing up to such craziness — you’d think, a PR firm of all organizations, would understand copyright law. PS And guess who just happens to have a whole pile of apples needing attention.  

  18. Came here because of the PR retraction as well. Nice to see the original recipe and source. Love your blog. :)

  19. I had this warm with wine in it. It was delicious!  When its cold outside.

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  21. Okay, I have to be the person to ask it – any idea on the calories of this?  I know obviously the brown sugar, but I assume there’s some natural sugar added from the fruit as well.

    I am definitely going to give this a try, though.  Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hi Brittany! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps, and we hope you enjoy this! :)

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  27. I came across this recipe via Pinterest. I will be doing this some time soon. I love the idea of all those flavors filling my home.

  28. So excited to make this cider! I love hot cider, but a glass of cold cider is always refreshing too. Can you drink this cold, or is there a different method for cold cider? Thanks!

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  31. My son loves apples probably more than I do! :) We have not tried making apple cider, but after seeing this recipe, I think we need to give it a try this fall. Cider is my favorite fall-time treat.

  32. This is amazing and looks so beautiful! I’ve been wanting to try something like this, thanks for creating and sharing this recipe! 

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  35. This looks so amazing! I would have never thought making cider would be that easy. Definitely trying this!

  36. Can a substitute ground cinnamon  if I don’t have cinnamon  sticks? If so how much would you recommend? 

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  38. Can you make this using a slow cooker instead? Looks great – thanks!

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  40. Oh how I miss going to the cider mills in Michigan. I will give this a try, though I am no cook. I’ll need to buy a pot, cheesecloth, a sieve & all the ingredients! LOL

  41. I am bringing this to my mother-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving! We always love having some cider with our dessert and vanilla ice cream. I love how it is infused with apples – it’s like hot Sangria!

  42. Great recipe, adding the oranges was a nice twist. Just a tip, I use the pulp to make apple butter..no waste and sooooo yummy!!!!

  43. Minus the cloves, I think this will be a hit with the family. Thanks!

  44. Wow this is gorgeous! Throwing a baby shower soon, and am excited to add this to the menu!

  45. I am cooking his right now! Thanks for the recipe!

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  47. Can you use ground spices instead of whole? I have all of them but they are ground.

    • Unfortunately we wouldn’t recommend that for this recipe, Sarah. You really want to use whole spices since you’re infusing the cider (then straining it later). We hope you can still give this a try!

  48. We make your recipe every winter. Love it!!

    Rating: 5
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