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apple cider in glass mugs with apples and cinnamon sticks

Instant Pot Apple Cider with Fresh Apples

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade apple cider, instant pot apple cider
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
releasing pressure and straining cooked apples: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 199kcal
Sweetly spicy and full of apple goodness, this Instant Pot apple cider is easy to make with fresh apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
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  • Instant Pot
  • strainer with cheesecloth or nut bag


  • 8 apples use various varieties
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 5 cinnamon sticks


  • Wash and quarter the apples, removing the core and seeds. Place in the Instant Pot.
  • Add the brown sugar, and water. Give it a little stir. Place the cinnamon sticks on top.
  • Close the lid and vent/pressure valve. Set on high pressure for 30 minutes. It will take up to 10 minutes to come to pressure. This this the first time (out of two) that you will bring the apples to pressure.
  • After the pressure has counted down for 30 minutes, carefully manually (quick) release the pressure and open the lid according to your manufacturer's directions.
  • Remove the lid and with a potato masher, mash the apples. They will very soft and juicy.
  • Close the lid and pressure valve again, and again manually set for 30 minutes. Allow to come to pressure (it won't take as long this time) and count down 30 minutes for the second time.
  • After the second 30 minutes has counted down, again, manually release the pressure.
  • With a ladle, scoop up the apples into a strainer covered with a cheese cloth or into a nut bag. Strain the cider into a bowl.
  • Serve warm or chill for a couple of hours in your refrigerator.


The time to come to pressure will be about 10 minutes and is included in the prep time.
There are two cooking times in this recipe - each 30 minutes for a total of one hour.
I like to use various varieties for this recipe. If you can use several different types of apples, you will have an interesting and tasty flavor profile.
You can drink this cider warm or cold. If you choose to chill it, put it in your refrigerator for a couple of hours. This time is not included in the total time.
Depending on the size of your apples, this recipe yields eight one-cup servings. 
When doing a quick release be very careful because the steam will be hot. I use a long handles wooden spoon or plastic spatial to move the vent. Then wait until the steam has released and the pressure pin drops.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg