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Instant Pot Apple Cider

Saura Kline
Homemade spiced apple cider


  • 4 apples (red and green)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon (remove pith)
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 11 whole cloves or 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean split and seeds scraped
  • 1/2 -1 cup sugar (sweeten as desired)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberry
  • 4 cups water


  • Quarter apples and place in instant pot. Zest a lemon, place zest into pot. Peel the zested lemon and discard pith. Place segmented lemon in pot. Cut a vanilla bean in half lengthwise, and scrape seeds out. Place both seeds and vanilla pod in the pot. Place cinnamon stick, cloves, sugar, cranberry, and water into the instant pot.
  • Set instant pot to pressure cook for 15 minutes. Let it naturally release for a minimum of 10 minutes, or longer if you can. Pour contents through a fine mesh strainer. Taste the cider and add more sugar if desired. For less pulp, pour contents through cheesecloth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and re heat on the stove or in a microwave as needed! Enjoy!