Easy Homemade Apple Cider Recipe with NS Apples

Last Saturday, Nick and I, along with one of our friends, took a trip to Port Williams in the valley for an apple picking excursion. We had a great time at Gates U-Pick (read all about it here), and brought home 30lbs of apples between three of us… that’s a lot of apples to use up. Unfortunately I’m not a big fan of baking, but I have wanted to try making apple cider, so that’s what I did. And since it turned out pretty well, I thought I’d share.

Gates U-Pick allows all-you-can-eat apples while frolicking in the orchard… obviously I took advantage.

Homemade apple cider is easy to make, and you can use a variety of apples or just one kind. Whatever you have around the kitchen. Now, if I’ve piqued your interest and you want to dig into your own big bag of apples, keeping reading for the recipe. Plus, a yummy tip at the end!

Total time: 2.5 hours


  • 10 apples, sliced
  • 2 oranges, peeled and pulled into slices
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 14 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup (or to taste)

Step 1

Put all ingredients into a large pot on the stove. Turn the burner on high, and bring the ingredients to a simmer.

Step 2

Once the contents of the pot start to simmer, turn the heat down to medium-low, stir briefly, then cover. Let it cook for 1 hour.

Step 3

After 1 hour, uncover the pot and either use a hand blender or a masher to mash up the ingredients. Be careful – it’s hot! Put the cover back on and let it cook for 1 more hour.

Step 4

Take the pot off the heat and pour the mixture into another pot through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. I used a strainer and it worked pretty well, so don’t worry if you don’t have cheesecloth.

Step 5

And voilà! Enjoy your delicious homemade apple cider, hot or cold!


“Pro” tip: After draining the cider, don’t throw away the mashed ingredients. Refrigerate and eat like applesauce for a few days after cooking. For breakfast this week, I’ve been eating the “applesauce” with Greek yogurt and blueberries… delish!

P.S. What’s your favourite way to use apples? Share in the comments below, as I still have a bunch and would love some inspiration 🙂

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