Homemade Apple Cider Recipe for Kids

Homemade Apple Cider

If you love the taste of fresh apple cider, but you don't own an apple press, here’s a way to make it in your very own kitchen.
Pick up some apples at your local orchard and get cooking with this stovetop recipe.


3 Cups Apple Cider

Hands-on time:

15 minutes

Start-to-eat time:

180 minutes


  • 6 apples
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Kids kitchen skills:

  • measuring
  • stirring
  • peeling & coring apples
  • cooking at the stove
  • making sauce


  • vegetable peeler
  • knife & cutting board
  • large cooking pot
  • measuring spoons & cups
  • strainer
  • bowl


Grown-up steps
  1. A grown up should help peel, core, and cut the apples into eighths. Add the apples to a large pot with the water, cinnamon stick, vanilla, and sugar.
  2. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat. Boil for about 30 minutes, uncovered. Then, cover and simmer on low heat for about 2 more hours. Stir the mixture every so often to break up the apples.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool. Stir well to break up the apples (it should now look like a thin applesauce). Set the strainer on a bowl in the sink. Press the sauce through the strainer with a spoon. (You can save the remaining applesauce for snacktime.)
  4. Serve the cider warm or with skulls and bones cubes from your Halloween kit.

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