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Easy Homemade Apple Cider

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Easy Homemade Apple Cider

Did you know you can make apple cider from scratch at home?

Here’s how to do it: 

Crisp apple cider is the perfect touch to the holiday festivities. Whether you are entertaining friends and family, or simply looking to indulge in the simple pleasures the season has to offer, pour yourself a cup of warm and cozy homemade apple cider. 

Take a look at this easy apple cider recipe that can be made right on the stovetop! 

How to Make Homemade Hot Apple Cider

To make this recipe, simply gather a few apples and oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and brown sugar. 

The apple variety you use for your homemade apple cider depends entirely on your tastes. You can use apples of any variety. And because this recipe calls for so many, it may be fun to mix things up and incorporate several types. Gala, Red Delicious, Fuji, and Pink Lady apples are some of the most popular choices. 


10 various apple varieties on counter and one orange


Be sure to set aside ample time for the cider to simmer before your holiday party or function. We recommend blocking out around 4 hours total to make this recipe from start to finish. 

After gathering all of the ingredients, you are ready to get this cider started! Rinse the apples well, and cut them into halves. Whether or not you remove the seeds is up to you. They do not pose a significant risk as long as they are whole, but some may find that they add unpleasant flavors to the cider. 

Place the halved apples into a large pot on the stovetop.

several apples cut in half

apple halves in large pot


Rinse and cut the oranges as well, this time into cubes. Add the oranges to the pot. 

halved apples and cut oranges in large pot


Put the cinnamon sticks and cloves into the pot, and fill it with water. There is no specified amount since pot sizes will vary. Simply fill so that the fruit is almost completely submerged. 

cut oranges and apples in pot with cloves and cinnamon sticks up close


Bring everything to a boil over high heat. Then, immediately reduce heat, cover, and allow the ingredients to simmer for at least 2 hours. 


pot filled with fruit and water on stove

After the 2 hours have passed, grab a large, sturdy mixing spoon. Mash the fruit using the back of the spoon to press the fruit into the side of the pot. 

Once the apples and oranges are turned into a fruity pulp, allow the cider to simmer on low or medium-low heat for an additional hour while covered. 

mashed fruit in pot with mixing spoon

apple cider pulp in pot on stove


When ready, strain the pulp out of the cider. We recommend using a sieve and pouring the cider into a large bowl. 

Pour the cider back into the pot after the fruit has been removed, and pour in the brown sugar.

sieve straining fruit pulp from apple cider over glass bowl

glass bowl filled with apple cider


apple cider in pot on stove


Stir or whisk the cider until the sugar is dissolved, adding low heat if necessary. 

Then, use a ladle to get yourself a cup of sweet and cozy homemade cider! 

glass of apple cider with cinnamon stick

glass of apple cider with cinnamon stick

Table & Thyme’s Hot Apple Cider Recipe 

Fill your cup with one of the season’s sweetest gifts, hot and fresh homemade apple cider! 


  • 8-10 apples of mixed variety, halved
  • 2 oranges, cubed
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tablespoon cloves
  • ½ cup brown sugar 


  1. Prepare the fruit. Cut the apples in half and cube the oranges. Then, place everything into a large pot. 
  2. After adding the cinnamon sticks and cloves, fill the pot with water until the fruit is nearly submerged. 
  3. Bring everything to a boil and immediately reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and let simmer for 2 hours. 
  4. Use a mixing spoon to mash the fruit into a pulp. Recover and let simmer for an additional hour. 
  5. Use a sieve to strain the pulp from the cider. Then, add the brown sugar to the cider on the stovetop. 
  6. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved. 
  7. Use a ladle to serve warm and enjoy!

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