Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

I love making easy recipes for any taste or diet. I’m so excited to share with you a homemade apple cider recipe that is simple and will make your house smell really, REALLY good.

Here in Phoenix, fall is always a wonderful relief from the summer heat. People get excited when the temperature drops and it’s a big topic of conversation. From “Below 100 this week!” to “Yes! Finally getting down to the 70s,” fall is full of fun.

For me, I also love fall foods. I have a ton of butternut squash recipes and I love apples.  Fall beers are even my favorite seasonal beers. My favorite thing about fall, since I was a little kid, has been apple cider. What kid can resist coming in from playing in the crisp fall air and getting a warm glass of spiced apple cider? As I recently discovered, making it is easy and makes your house smell wonderful.

The scents of cinnamon and apples float through the hallways and remind me of being a kid in fall. Enjoy this recipe with your kids or take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about all your happy fall memories.

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

Inactive Time 4 hours

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 1 cup

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

Homemade apple cider with plenty of spices and flavor.


  • 8-12 apples (over ripe is fine)
  • 4 sticks cinnamon or 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 cup brown sugar (start small, you can always add more at the end)
  • 1-2 tsp allspice
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • water to fill pot until apples begin to float


  1. Rinse your apples well. Roughly chop them up. Seeds, stems, and skin are all fine because we will be straining later.
  2. Add the apples, cinnamon sticks, allspice, and nutmeg to a large pot. Add water until the apples are all floating.
  3. Simmer over low heat covered for 4 hours.
  4. During this time, begin to crush some of the apples whenever you walk by or think about it. This will help release some of their flavors.
  5. When the apples are all mushed up and everything smells wonderful, run this mixture through a fine sieve into a clean bowl.
  6. If you’d like to filter out more of the spices still, filter again through cheesecloth.
  7. Serve hot or allow to cool and store in a sealed container in the fridge.
  8. Enjoy your homemade apple cider.


Bonus tip: If you don't want to throw away your cinnamon sticks after using them for this recipe, simmer them in a small pot of water to make your house smell awesome.

Super bonus tip: Make raspberry apple cider by adding 1 cup of raspberries to your pot.


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