Homemade Apple Cider

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  • 16 cups filtered water
  • 10 apples, cored and quartered
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves, optional
  • 1/21 cup agave nectar (vegan) or honey (paleo)
  • 1 large or 23 small oranges, optional


  1. Pour water into stockpot and set to medium heat.
  2. Add sliced apples, spices, sweetener, and oranges and simmer covered for one hour.
  3. After one hour, mash ingredients with a potato masher and continue to simmer covered another two hours.
  4. Let cool.
  5. Using a mesh strainer, pour mixture through strainer into a wide-mouthed bowl. Repeat 2-3 times more or until grittiness is removed and the cider tastes and feels smooth.
  6. Store in glass jars for about a week in the refrigerator or 3-6 months in the freezer.


You can also make this using a crockpot following the same instructions and warming it for about 8-10 hours. Mash the ingredients with a potato masher about a third of the way through cooking time. You will likely NOT lose as much liquid through evaporation. Taste-test a few times throughout the cooking process to adjust spices as needed.