Homemade Apple Cider

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This gluten-free Homemade Apple Cider recipe is full of flavor thanks to juicy apples, ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks, allspice, cloves, oranges, and your sweetener of choice. {Vegan and/or paleo}


  • 16 cups filtered water
  • 10 apples, cored and quartered
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 23 cinnamon sticks, optional
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves, optional
  • 1 large or 2-3 small oranges, peeled (optional)
  • 1/21 cup agave nectar (vegan), honey (paleo), or maple syrup (vegan and paleo)


  1. In a stockpot, combine the water, apples, ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, allspice, ground cloves, oranges, and sweetener. Set heat to LOW to MEDIUM and simmer, covered, for one hour.
  2. Add sliced apples, spices, sweetener, and oranges, and simmer, covered, for one hour.
  3. After one hour, gently mash the ingredients in the stockpot with a potato masher and continue to simmer, covered, for another two hours. Let cool.
  4. Discard the apple slices, oranges, and cinnamon sticks. Then, using a mesh strainer, pour the cider through the strainer into a large bowl. Repeat this process another 1-2 times or until the gritty particles are removed and the cider tastes and feels smooth.
  5. Store apple cider in glass jars for about a week in the refrigerator or 3-6 months in the freezer.


  • Cider yields will vary, depending on how much liquid is lost to evaporation. To reduce the amount of liquid lost, select a LOW to MEDIUM heat setting and let the ingredients simmer for the full three hours without coming to a boil. 
  •  If a sludge collects in the strainer during Step 4, then use the rounded side of a spoon or ladle to gently massage the apple cider in circular motions through the strainer and into the bowl.
  • When the cider is refrigerated, contents will settle. Shake the jar or stir the contents prior to reheating in a microwave.