Instant Pot Apple Cider

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Fragrant and comforting Instant Pot Apple Cider is full of amazing fall flavor! Instant Pot Mulled Cider is the perfect drink for serving during the holiday season.

You’ll love Instant Pot Eggnog and Instant Pot German Gluhwein (Mulled Wine).

Suitable for vegan and gluten free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

instant pot apple cider inside the instant pot

This spiced Instant Pot Apple Cider is what fall and Christmas is all about. Yeap, this Instant Pot mulled apple cider is sweet, warming, and fragrantly spiced, and as an added bonus, it will make your house smell amaaaaaazing.

What is really great about this recipe is that you can serve it warm or cold. Plus, you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freeze it until needed.

Perfect for meal prep during the busy holiday season.

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Easy Instant Pot Cider

My family loves whipping up this Instant Pot Cider along with Instant Pot Eggnog and Instant Pot Mulled Wine, for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas, and whenever we want a delicious fruity drink. Basically, it’s a crowd-pleasing, easy to make, all-round drink suitable for any occasion.

two glasses of instant pot apple cider

And while this Instant Pot Apple Cider is totally kid and grown-ups approved, you can easily make an adults-only version and spike it with rum, vodka, gin, bourbon, or wine. #boozyapplecider

Why Make This Recipe

  • Quick and easy – done in one pot with 10 minutes of hands-on time.
  • Adaptable – is extremely flexible so you can add fruits to your taste.
  • Pantry-friendly – made with common pantry items you already own.

Tools Needed

Ready to learn just how easy it is to make Instant Pot Hot Apple Cider? Gather up your ingredients and I will show you how!

two glasses filled with instant pot apple cider

Hot Apple Cider Ingredients

  • Fruit – apples, orange, clementines, lemon and cranberries.
  • Spices – cinnamon, cloves, cardamom pods and star anise.
  • Sweetener – maple syrup.
  • Water – just use tap water.

How To Make Instant Pot Apple Cider

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Place the chopped apples, orange, clementines, lemon, maple syrup, cranberries, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and cardamom pods into the Instant Pot insert.
  2. Add enough water to the pot to make sure the fruit is completely covered (about 4 1/2 cups / 1.125L).
  3. Place the lid on and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow to naturally release on its own, or you can do a quick release after 10 minutes.
  4. Mash the fruit with a potato masher to release the juices.
  5. Carefully strain using a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the solids and store the cider in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze for later use.
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Instant Pot Mulled Cider Tips

  • Allow the cider to cool down sufficiently before mashing the fruit.
  • Add more maple syrup if t is not sweet enough.
  • This cider recipe has a slight zest due to the orange and lemon peel. If you would rather not have that flavor, simply peel the orange and lemon before adding in.
  • Cooking time listed does not include time for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure, or for the pressure to release.
one glass of instant pot apple cider garnished with cranberries

Recipe Variations

  • Vary the fruit: you can add in other fruit like pears, satsumas, berries, grapefruit, etc.
  • Swap the sweetener: you can use brown sugar, honey, agave syrup or date syrup.
  • Vary the spices: ginger peel, pimento berries, nutmeg, etc. all make a great addition.

FAQs

Can I Add Alcohol To This

Yes, this is an all-round drink that you can spike with rum, vodka, gin, bourbon, or wine.

top down view of a glass filled with instant pot apple cider

More Instant Pot Recipes

If you like this Instant Pot Mulled Cider, you’ll want to try this other delicious Instant Pot Recipes:

Weight Watchers Points

There are 2 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of this.

two servings of the finished instant pot apple cider

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Instant Pot Apple Cider

Instant Pot Apple Cider is easy to make and full of amazing fall flavor!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 8
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 8 apples roughly chopped
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 2 clementines sliced
  • half a lemon sliced
  • 1/3 cup (113g) maple syrup or to taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 6 cardamom pods split
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 1/2 cups (1.125L) water or enough to cover the fruit

Instructions

  • Place the chopped apples, orange, clementines, lemon, maple syrup, cranberries, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and cardamom pods into the Instant Pot insert.
  • Add enough water to the pot to make sure the fruits are completely covered (about 4 1/2 cups / 1.125L).
  • Place the lid on and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow to naturally release on its own, or you can do a quick release after 10 minutes.
  • Mash the fruit with a potato masher to release the juices.
  • Carefully strain using a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the solids and store the cider in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze for later use.
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Notes

  • Allow the cider to cool down sufficiently before mashing the fruit.
  • Add more maple syrup if t is not sweet enough.
  • This cider recipe has a slight zest due to the orange and lemon peel. If you would rather not have that flavor, simply peel the orange and lemon before adding in.
  • Cooking time listed does not include time for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure, or for the pressure to release.
There are 2 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of this.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

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