Instant Pot Holiday Cider Cocktail

Instant Pot Holiday Cider Cocktail

With cooler weather comes warmer drinks, and what better way to spend the holidays than with a cider cocktail recipe! For all those 21+, this recipe is a wonderful way to make your nights at home extra cozy. The combination of ingredients creates a warm concoction that can be shared with friends or family!

Ingredients you will need:

  • ½ gallon or 2 quarts apple cider
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ⅛ cup brown sugar
  • 1 inch chunk fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 2 tsp butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 oz or 1 shot of brandy

Instant Pot Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into the Instant Pot. Stir gently to slightly mix ingredients.
  2. Press the “Manual/Pressure Cook” button and set the cook time for 15 minutes at high pressure.
  3. Once the cooking is over, let the pressure naturally release (this may take a few minutes). Then move the switch to venting to ensure all the pressure is fully released.
  4. Remove the lid, being careful to avoid any steam releasing from the pot.
  5. Using a ladle, strain the cider carefully over your favorite mug! 🙂

If you don’t have access to an Instant Pot, no need to worry! Just use a medium saucepan and follow the directions below!


  1. Add the ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves to a medium saucepan and heat at medium high. Let the ingredients sit for a minute, so as to bring out the fragrance.
  2. Pour in the apple cider, orange juice, brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, dark rum, and brandy. Bring the mixture to almost boiling.
  3. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Let it simmer for 25-30 minutes and stir occasionally.
  4. Using a ladle, strain the cider carefully over your favorite mug! 🙂

Calories: 1824.7

Carbohydrate: 292.8 g 

Fat: 6 g

Protein: 0.5 g

Servings: 8

Calories per serving: 228.1

Carbohydrate: 36.6 g

Fat: 0.75 g

Protein: .06 g

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