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Homemade Spiced Apple Cider (refined sugar-free)

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 12 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A warm, perfectly spiced Refined Sugar-Free Apple Cider made in the Instant Pot boosts your mood and warms you from the inside out!


  • 10 medium apples (2 pounds), quartered* 
  • 10 C. filtered water
  • 5 cinnamon sticks (or 1 tsp. ground cinnamon)
  • Optional spices:
    • 2 in. fresh ginger root, peeled (see notes)
    • 2 tsp. whole cloves
    • 1 tsp. whole nutmeg (or 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg)
    • 1 tsp. whole allspice (or 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg)
  • 1/4 C. pure maple syrup
  • Optional garnishes: apple slices, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, star anise
  • Optional add-in: Sprouts Fire Cider Original Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic


  1. Add the 10 cored and halved apples in the bottom of the Instant Pot.  Fill will 10 cups of filtered water.  Add 5 cinnamon sticks, 2 inches peeled ginger root, 1 teaspoon whole cloves, 1 teaspoon whole nutmeg and 1 teaspoon whole allspice. 
  2. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the valve to sealed (not venting).  Cook on manual high pressure for 20 minutes.
  3. Quick release the pressure and remove the lid.  Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  4. Arrange a nut milk bag over a large mixing bowl with a pour spout.  Ladle the mixture (with the spices and apples) into the nut milk bag.  Use your hands to squeeze and twist the bag in both directions to release the liquid into the bowl.  You want to get all the liquid out.  You may need to do this in two batches.  Immediately invert your nut milk bag to remove the solids.  You can separate the apples from the whole spices and save the cooked apples for smoothies if desired (or discard everything).  Immediately rinse the nut milk bag with water.**
  5. Stir 1/4 cup pure maple syrup into the apple cider mixture in the large mixing bowl with the pour spout.  
  6. Enjoy warmed/hot*** in a mug garnished with apple slices, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and/or star anise if desired.  Taste and add more maple syrup if desired.
  7. To store, pour the apple cider into airtight glass bottles and refrigerate for up to five days.
  8. If desired, add 1 tablespoon of the apple cider vinegar tonic to your mug of hot apple cider.  Stir well to incorporate.  Taste and add more maple syrup if desired.  


*I like to use 8 sweet red apples and 2 Granny Smith apples for a sweet and tart mix.  You can use whatever you have on hand though.

**For best results, use a nut-milk bag.  If you do not have a nut-milk bag you can instead use a large fine mesh strainer.  If using the fine mesh strainer simply pour everything from the Instant Pot into the large fine mesh strainer and use a large spoon to press the cooked apples and spices down against the strainer to release all the liquid.  After all the liquid has been strained, discard the contents of the strainer.

***To reheat the apple cider you can pour it back into the Instant Pot and use the "Keep Warm" feature.  You can serve directly from the Instant Pot if desired.  

To enjoy the apple cider cold chill in your refrigerator for at least six hours.  Pour the mixture over ice cubes and stir with a straw to ensure it is well chilled.  Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon stick if desired.

To make Apple Cider Slushies add 20 ounces of chilled apple cider to your blender.  Add 4 cups of crushed ice and blend for 30 seconds.  Serve into four large glasses with a straw and enjoy immediately.  

If serving to kids I recommend omitting the ginger as it can overpower the drink and make it taste "spicy."  Or, if you are not a ginger lover you can reduce the amount or omit.  

Squeeze in the juice from a fresh orange if desired.  Stir.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Instant Pot

Keywords: instant pot apple cider