You have just met your new favorite fall drink! Instant Pot Apple Cider will warm you up on those chilly fall days. It is super easy to make, requiring just a handful of ingredients and minimal effort and cleanup. This is a super way to use up apples from the orchard. Enjoy warm or chilled!
Fall is upon us, which means all of my favorite things are about to unfold. Colorful leaves, crisp fall air, the smell of soup simmering and best of all.. APPLES! If you've been following along for a while, you'll know that I tend to go overboard with apple recipes this time of year. They pair perfectly with so many different types of food!
I knew I had to pair two of my favorite things before autumn arrived this year, the Instant Pot and apples! This apple cider turned out so deliciously perfect. My boys and I sucked down a few glasses within minutes. We will make this again and again throughout fall and winter. It is delicious when warm and also yummy chilled!
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT APPLE CIDER
Add 6 cups of water and the juice of 1/2 of a lemon to the pot. Add 6 to 7 quartered apples, 1 quartered orange, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves, 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice and 1 nutmeg. Press the apples down so they are fully covered in liquid.
Place the cover on the pot and set the timer to 15 minutes on high pressure (use the pressure cook setting). It will take the pot around 30 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
When cooking time is done, do a quick release. Open the lid and mash the fruit with a potato masher.
Ladle the contents of the pot into a large bowl, pouring everything through a fine-mesh strainer. Discard the solids and pour the cider into quart-size mason jars or a large pitcher. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Warm before serving or enjoy chilled!
RECIPE TIPS: MAKE THE BEST INSTANT POT APPLE CIDER!
If you prefer a slow cooker version, check out this delicious Crockpot Apple Cider!
When chopping and peeling the apples, fill a large bowl about half with cool water and squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into it. The lemon juice will keep your apples from getting brown while you get them prepped for the recipe. Use an apple corer/peeler if you have one because they will make this process go super fast. If you don't have one, use a potato peeler and a knife to get the job done. You'll need to peel, core and chop the apples. Place them into the water-lemon juice mixture as you work.
For a sweeter cider, throw in extra brown sugar (up to 1 cup total).
Serve as chilled OR hot apple cider!
I have fallen IN LOVE with my beloved apple peeler and corer. If a lot of apples go through your kitchen, you absolutely must consider buying one. It's the most magical tool in my kitchen!
For a less spicy drink, decrease the amount of cloves and allspice by half.
WHAT TYPES OF APPLES TO PUT IN APPLE CIDER
I recommend using a variety of apples and at the very least, use two kinds: one sweet and one tart. My favorite combo is Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples.
Sweet/Softer Apple Brands
Tart (or a little Sour) Apple Brands
FALL APPLE RECIPES
Appledoodles - Appledoodles are a fun twist on the classic snickerdoodles! Great way to use up apples in the fall!
Easy Homemade Crockpot Applesauce - Homemade Applesauce is fun to prepare because it's so easy to make. Use an assortment of green and red apples and you’ll have a flavorful snack you can enjoy; better than the store stuff!
Apple Pie Jam - this fall make this Amazing Apple Pie Jam! This jam tastes just like Apple Pie because it’s similar to pie filling. So get ready to be addicted. Put it on your English muffins, pancakes or with peanut butter! This is a great, DELICIOUS way to use up extra apples in the fall! Also a great gift idea!
Homemade Apple Cider - Make Homemade Apple Cider in your slow cooker! It’ll warm you from the inside out with amazing flavors and it’s so delicious. It’s a must have fall drink and tastes so much better when you make it yourself. Such a great way to use up apples in the fall. Best of all, your house will smell amazing!
Apple Coffee Cake - This is the best Apple Coffee Cake recipe you’ll find. Enjoy as an indulgent breakfast treat or an any-time snack or dessert!
Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples - sprinkling of sea salt and a bit of chocolate turns Caramel Apples into an extravagant dessert.. Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples!
Apple Carrot Cake Muffins - Apples and carrots create the most delicious little muffin you could ever imagine. These babies are moist and yummy and will not last long in your kitchen. Great as a snack, breakfast or dessert!
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake - the only thing better than salted caramel apples is Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake! This is the perfect fall treat and a great way to use up any type of apples.
Apple French Toast Bake - Transform classic French Toast into an appley indulgence! Prepare this easy Apple French Toast Bake recipe the night before so there’s no morning prep! It’s also wonderful as a make and bake option. Pour some maple syrup over the steamy cinnamon apples and you’ll have a tasty breakfast for 1 or many!
WHY DOES IT TAKE MY INSTANT POT SO LONG TO HEAT UP?
The time leading up to actual cook time may seem long and even confusing (“What is going ON in there?!”), but it’s an important part of the process! The Instant Pot is working on building up the appropriate amount of pressure that it will be cooking the food at. It handles liquids and solids differently and also fresh and frozen differently, so the time can vary. Most recipes take between 10 and 25 minutes to build up pressure.
BEST RECIPES TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Click over to see a massive (and growing) database of my favorite Instant Pot recipes!