The easiest Instant Pot Apple Cider recipe completely ready in just 30 minutes. This homemade apple cider loaded with apples, oranges and cranberries will beat the store-bought drink.

We love apple season, especially making fresh homemade bread or even adding them to breakfast oatmeal. Bring on the apples.

Homemade apple cider ingredients in an Instant pot next to apple and a tan rag.

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe:

Once the cooler weather hits, this Instant Pot Apple Cider becomes a must in our home on a weekly basis. The recipe is so simple and so versatile. The apple cider is loaded with so much flavor: apples with oranges, cranberries, cinnamon with spices and a sweetener of choice. The cider is ready in just 30 minutes and your home will smell heavenly.

The fresh cranberries give the cider so much flavor, just like they do in our cranberry scones recipe.

Instant pot apple cider ingredients in a bowl with sugar.

How to Make Instant Pot Apple Cider:

  1. I love that the apple cider is versatile and forgiving. You can tweak the fruit you add to the cider and it still turns out great!
  2. Add the apples, oranges, cranberries, sugar, cinnamon and star anise to the instant pot. Pour water over the ingredients.
  3. Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. Allow to naturally release once cooked.
  4. Mash the fruit with a wooden spoon or potato masher (this will allow all the juices to be released).
  5. Strain the solids using a fine-mesh strainer, once drained, discard of the solids.
Apple cider in a cup with apples slices and cranberries.

Frequently Asked Questions –

Can I use different fruit?

Yes, you can add more or less of the indicated amount and throw in any other fruit you have on hand. We also like to add lemon slices to the cider when serving but that’s a personal preference.

What kind of apples can I use?

Most apples will work great in the cider, just stay away from tart flavored apples (unless that’s the taste you are going for). We really like Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Jonathan or McIntosh. A mix of different apples will also work great!

Do I serve the cider hot or cold?

Cider is best served hot during the cooler day. We also like to make a large portion and keep it refrigerated and served cold during the warmer days. Totally a personal preference.

What can I use as a sweetener?

We used granulated sugar in the recipe, you can substitute for honey or raw sugar. NOTE: We don’t like the cider overly sweet so we kept the sugar to a minimum, if you like your drinks sweet, add more sweetener.

Can I prepare the cider in a slow cooker?

Most definitely, yes. Prepare the apple cider per instructions and cook over high 3-4 hours, and 5-6 on low. Continue with the instructions once cooked.

Close up of fruit in an instant pot for apple cider.

This spiced apple cider is loaded with so much flavor. Once you try the drink, you may be tempted to make it just for the smell it gives the entire house, ha! Enjoy, friends.

As always, don’t forget to comment below if you try this recipe, we love to hear from you. 🙂

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Instant Pot Apple Cider Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 5 votes
Easiest Instant Pot Apple Cider Recipe. Loaded with apples, oranges, cranberries and cinnamon, this homemade apple cider will become a hit during the cooler weather.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings




  • Quarter the apples and slice the oranges.
  • Add the apples, cranberries, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, star anise, and sugar to the inner pot of the pressure cooker. Add the water.
  • Close lid and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes with a natural release (or do a quick release after 10 minutes).
  • Mash the fruit and strain the solids. Discard of the solids.
  • Serve the cider hot or cold.


112kcal Calories30g Carbs1g Protein1g Fat1g Saturated Fat18mg Sodium200mg Potassium5g Fiber23g Sugar111IU Vitamin A23mg Vitamin C36mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Apple Cider Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 200mg6%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 111IU2%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)