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Easy Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

Servings 1 gallon
Author Divas Can Cook


  • 12 apples a variety of gala, granny smith and red delicious, sliced
  • 1-2 large oranges peeled and quartered (optional)
  • 1 lemon peeled (optiona and will leave slight hint of lemonl)
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3-4 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • brown sugar and white sugar to sweeten


  • Add apples, oranges, lemon, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves to a slow cooker. (See stovetop version below)
  • Fill slow cooker with water.
  • 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!)
  • Use a potato masher to mash up all the ingredients.
  • Cover and cook for another hour.
  • Strain mixture several times into a pitcher using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth until smooth.
  • Stir in vanilla extra.
  • Add enough brown sugar and white sugar to reach desired sweetness. (I like really sweet cider so I added about 3/4 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar)
  • Serve steaming hot or ice cold, garnished with a fresh cinnamon stick and chopped apples.
  • Refrigerate or freeze leftover cider.