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Homemade Apple Cider

Homemade Apple Cider is a crisp, unsweetened, nonalcoholic drink made with fresh apples that can be served hot or cold.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade Apple Cider
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Author Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net


  • 10 medium apples, quartered
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 sticks cinnamon, or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice


  1. Place quartered apples in a large stockpot and add enough water so it covers the apples by 2 inches when apples are submerged by pushing them down. (The apples will float.)

  2. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and allspice. Bring to a boil and boil, uncovered, for an hour.

  3. After the boiling, cover the pot, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours.

  4. After simmering, let the mixture cool a bit before straining it into a bowl through a cheesecloth, gently pressing down on the solids. Discard solids and drain the liquid one more time through the cheesecloth. (You can also use a fine-mesh sieve to drain.)

  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.