Instant Pot Apple Cider

I cannot believe that October is almost over! I’ve got a super easy drink recipe for you today that is perfect for Halloween or for the upcoming holiday season! Homemade apple cider made right in the Instant Pot. It’s so easy and so delicious! And what could be better than sipping on some apple cider on a cool and crisp fall night?!

Instant Pot Apple Cider

Slicing up the fruit and waiting for the pot to come to pressure is the longest part of making this as it only needs about 15 minutes to cook.

I actually made this recipe twice as I wasn’t happy with it the first time around. The first time, I threw the oranges and lemons in with the peels included. The cider ended up having a bitter taste from the rinds so I made it a second time, but this time, peeling the orange and lemon and discarding the peel and rind and the cider was much better. Definitely peel the orange and lemon first!

Instant Pot Apple Cider

I like to use a mix of apples for this recipe as they each add a slightly different flavor. I used honey crisp, golden delicious, and gala apples. You can use whatever combination you’d like to use, but I recommend giving a good mix of apples a try and see what you think!

I used maple syrup to sweeten, but brown sugar or granulated sugar works too! You can make this in advance if you’d like. The cider keeps for about a week in the fridge. You can also serve it hot or cold. I like to garnish it with more sliced apples and orange slices!

Instant Pot Apple Cider

Instant Pot Apple Cider
Yield: 10 cups

Instant Pot Apple Cider

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Making your own homemade apple cider couldn't be easier thanks to the pressure cooker! Perfect for holiday parties or a cool fall night!


  • 7 apples, cored, and quartered (I use a mix of honey crispy, golden delicious, and gala apples)
  • 1 large orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lemon, peeled and quartered
  • 9-10 cups water (or to cover; see note)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup or brown sugar (or to taste)


  1. Add the quartered fruit to the pot of the pressure cooker. Pour in the water so the fruit is covered. Drop in the cinnamon sticks.
  2. Close and secure the lid and switch valve to sealing. Set to manual high pressure for 15 minutes. When done, let the pot naturally release for about 15 minutes then release remaining pressure.
  3. Open the pot. Use a large spoon or potato masher and push down on fruit to release remaining juices. Then use a mesh sieve to remove all solids, including the cinnamon sticks.
  4. Stir in the syrup and sugar to taste. Serve warm or transfer into a pitcher or punch bowl. Garnish with additional sliced apples and oranges. Serve.


I made this recipe in an 8 quart Instant Pot. If you have a 6 quart pot, you may want to consider using a couple of cups less of water.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 27gProtein: 0g

exact nutrition may depend on sweetener used.

Instant Pot Apple Cider