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Instant Pot Apple Cider

This comforting Instant Pot apple cider is homemade mulled apple cider that you prepare in your pressure cooked in a few minutes. A healthy, delicious hot beverage for fall and winter.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Time to Pressure10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider, cider, instant pot, mulled cider, pressure cooker
Servings: 8
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Tonje



  • 6 apples (Granny Smith, Gala or other types)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (or other sweetener, like honey or brown sugar)
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves (5 whole cloves)
  • ½ lemon (optional)


  • Remove the cores from the apples, and cut them into quarters. Add them to the Instant Pot.
    6 apples
  • Add the lemon, quartered oranges, and the remaining ingredients to the Instant Pot.
    ¼ cup maple syrup, 5 cups water, 2 oranges, 2 star anise, 2 cinnamon sticks, ½ lemon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Seal the lid, and turn on the PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL setting, and set the timer for 15 minutes. The Instant Pot will take around 10 minutes to build up pressure before it starts counting down.
  • Preform a quick release, following the manufacturer's instructions to manually release the pressure when the time is up. You can also leave the pressure to release naturally if you wish, but this will take quite a while.
  • Use a potato masher to mash the ingredients in the pot.
  • Sieve the mixture with a fine mesh sieve or a cheesecloth to remove the fruit pulp and whole seasoning.
  • Serve the apple cider hot, or leave it to cool down if you want to serve it cold. Store it in a sealed container in a refrigerator for up to 5 days.



  • Serve the hot cider immediately, or refrigerate it and enjoy it chilled later. You can store cider for up to 3 days, and reheat it in a microwave or on the stove as needed.
  • Feel free to omit the lemon, and to adjust the spices to suit your preferences.
  • Use unwaxed, organic oranges if possible. There is a noticeable difference in flavor!
  • This recipe has only been tested in a 6 qt Instant Pot. 


Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg