We might be biased, but it’s hard to beat fresh apple cider from your local orchard, like Robinette’s. But we understand that everyone doesn’t live near us or near any local orchard, which makes finding local, fresh apple cider hard to find. While you can usually find apple cider at the grocery store, did you know that you can also make apple cider at home? It takes a few hours, but it’s really simple to make homemade apple cider. So if you can’t enjoy our fresh apple cider this year, try making your own cider at home! 

This apple cider recipe from Gimme Some Oven is simple and delicious!


  • 10-12 medium apples, quartered
  • 2 oranges, quartered
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon of whole cloves
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon whole allspice, 1 whole nutmeg, and/or 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 16 cups water
  • ½ cup sweetener (like brown sugar or maple syrup)


  1. Combine ingredients in a large pot or crockpot. When you add the water, be sure to leave an inch or two of space at the top.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then cover the pot, reduce the heat, and let it simmer for two hours or until the apples are soft.
  3. Mash the apples and oranges. Cover the pot again and summer for one hour.
  4. Strain out the solids (apples, oranges, spices) so that you are left with only liquid.
  5. Add in sweetener, to taste.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy!

Cider is good for up to 5 days when sealed and refrigerated. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Have you made apple cider before? It’s a little different than the process we use at Robinette’s, but it’s the perfect solution when you’re in a pinch and can’t pick up some of our apple cider. And one of the best parts is that it will make your whole home smell amazing, trust us.