Easy Homemade Apple Cider Recipe
Serves: 1 gallon
  • 12 apples (a variety of gala, granny smith and red delicious), sliced
  • 1-2 large oranges, peeled and quartered (optional)
  • 1 lemon, peeled (optional)
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3-4 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • brown sugar and white sugar, to sweeten
  1. Add apples, oranges, lemon, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves to a slow cooker. (See stovetop version below)
  2. Fill slow cooker with water.
  3. Cover and simmer for at least 4 hours or until apples are super tender. (I just let mine cook on low overnight, very flavorful this way!)
  4. Use a potato masher to mash up all the ingredients.
  5. Cover and cook for another hour.
  6. Strain mixture several times into a pitcher using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth until smooth.
  7. Stir in vanilla extra.
  8. Add enough brown sugar and white sugar to reach desired sweetness. (I like really sweet cider so I added about ¾ cup of white sugar and ½ cup of brown sugar)
  9. Serve steaming hot or ice cold, garnished with a fresh cinnamon stick and chopped apples.
  10. Refrigerate or freeze leftover cider.
Recipe by Divas Can Cook at https://divascancook.com/easy-homemade-apple-cider-recipe/