Sunday, October 3, 2021

Instant Pot Apple Cider

A sweet and tart Apple Cider is quintessentially Fall. Make it in the Instant Pot and it is SUPER easy too. Adding Citrus, berries and spices elevate the drink to a new level!

Instant Pot Apple Cider in a glass

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Fall is here and it time for a LOT of apple picking trips. If you went picking this weekend or are planning to go soon, here is a delicious recipe to make using the apples.

A crisp and warm drink to enjoy through Fall and a great drink for the Holiday season, Apple cider is perfect to keep you warm through these seasons.

What is Apple Cider

A cooked version of apple juice; Apple cider is a popular drink in the US. It does have some other fruits, berries and spices but the first ingredient is apple and thus the name.

Every family and store has their version of the drink. The spices, proportion of fruits and kinds of fruits used vary. 

Typically various kinds of apples are used in the recipe so it has the sweet and sour notes at once. 

When compared to apple juice, cider will be opaque. This is because the peels and flesh of the fruits are included in the cooking and they tend to pass through the fine mesh when filtered. 

Instant Pot Apple Cider in a glass

This recipe of Apple Cider

  • is made in the instant pot

  • has a mix of cranberries, apples, oranges and spices giving it a lot of warmth

  • is best enjoyed warm but tastes great chilled too

  • can be sweetened with dates, honey, maple syrup or sugar

  • can be spiked with some red wine or rum for the festive season

I have made the exact recipe for a few years now and we have been loving it. Our friends and family also like this version a lot. 

We generally enjoy this through Fall and then when it is December, this is our go-to drink while watching Christmas movies! 

Ingredients to make this Apple Cider

Ingredients for Instant Pot Apple Cider


Apples: I used a mix of Granny Smith, Red Delicious and Fuji apples. Mixing them helps get a sweet and tart taste in the cider. Pick sweeter ones if you like your cider sweet.

Oranges: Adding a LOT of tang to the cider are oranges. They also make the cider very flavorful as they are cooked with the peel.

Cranberries: I like to add cranberries to all Winter drinks. Fresh or frozen ones will work here. 

Sweetener: Sugar, dates, honey or maple syrup is great to sweeten the cider. I have used brown sugar.

Spices: I have added cinnamon, star anise and cloves in the recipe for warmth and spice. 

Adding fresh or dried ginger, nutmeg and black pepper works great too. 

Step by Step Instructions to make

1- Wash and cut the apples and oranges. They can be cut into wedges, slices or pieces. The peel can be left on the fruit.

2- In a thick orange slice pierce the cloves; making it easy to fish them out after cooking.

3- Place all the fruits in the instant pot. 

4- Add the spices and sugar.

Steps to make Instant Pot Apple Cider

5- Pour in water to almost submerge the fruits when pressed down.

6- Close the Instant Pot lid and set mode to pressure cook. Set time to 15 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and release the remaining pressure. 

Steps to make Instant Pot Apple Cider


7- Open the Instant Pot and remove the spices.

8- Mash the fruits using a potato masher. 

Steps to make Instant Pot Apple Cider

9- Strain the cider using a fine mesh or muslin cloth. Extract as much juice as possible.

Steps to make Instant Pot Apple Cider

10- Serve topped with some apple slices or cranberries. 

Instant Pot Apple Cider in a glass

Using the Instant Pot to make the cider

Traditionally made using a pot, Apple cider needed to be boiled for hours to make it flavorful. 

Intermittent stirring is required to ensure the fruits do not settle down. 

The instant pot on the other hand cooks everything faster. Plus, it is hands free and a dump and start recipe. 

Holiday season is busy and this method makes the cider stress free! I love using the instant pot to make the recipe while I make something else on the stove. 

The same recipe can be made using a traditional pressure cooker or pan too. 

Instant Pot Apple Cider

Tips and Notes

  • Pick a mix of green and red varieties of apples. They tend to give a sweet and tart balance in the drink.

  • Add more spices like pepper, nutmeg or ginger for warmth.

  • Sweeten the drink with a sweetener of your choice. Maple syrup, honey, sugar or even dates work. 

  • The drink can be enjoyed warm or even after refrigerating it for a few hours. 
Instant Pot Apple Cider in a glass


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Author: Smruti
Instant Pot Apple Cider

Instant Pot Apple Cider

A sweet and tart Apple Cider is quintessentially Fall. Make it in the Instant Pot and it is SUPER easy too. Adding Citrus, berries and spices elevate the drink to a new level!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinInactive time: 10 MinTotal time: 45 Min

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut the apples and oranges. They can be cut into wedges, slices or pieces. The peel can be left on the fruit.
  2. In a thick orange slice pierce the cloves; making it easy to fish them out after cooking.
  3. Place all the fruits in the instant pot.
  4. Add the spices and sugar.
  5. Pour in water to almost submerge the fruits when pressed down.
  6. Close the Instant Pot lid and set mode to pressure cook. Set time to 15 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and release the remaining pressure.
  7. Open the Instant Pot and remove the spices.
  8. Mash the fruits using a potato masher.
  9. Strain the cider using a fine mesh or muslin cloth. Extract as much juice as possible.
  10. Serve topped with some apple slices or cranberries.

Notes:

  • Pick a mix of green and red varieties of apples. They tend to give a sweet and tart balance in the drink.
  • Add more spices like pepper, nutmeg or ginger for warmth.
  • Sweeten the drink with a sweetener of your choice. Maple syrup, honey, sugar or even dates work. 
  • The drink can be enjoyed warm or even after refrigerating it for a few hours. 


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