Another cider recipe! It should not be a surprise by now that this cold weather is making me crave hot drinks and ciders. This one was an experiment that turned out really well! Pears, an orange, a lemon, and some warm spices make this the perfect winter drink!
A happy accident
So I don’t remember how I ended up with a large bag of pears, but I did. Initially, I paired it with some blueberries for a galette, but I still had a ton of pears left. Then I remembered, I had a spiced apple cider recipe that I make in the Instant Pot, and I thought it would be good to replace it with pears and see what it would taste like. I’m really glad I tried it, because it tasted delicious! Just the right amount of sweetness and spice, this pear cider is sure to become a favorite in your household too! If you’d like to try a different cider, you should try making my spiced orange cider tea, also in the Instant Pot!
Don’t have an Instant Pot? No problem!
If you don’t own an Instant Pot, you can definitely still make this recipe–it will just take just a little longer. Put all the ingredients (except for the lemon juice) in a large pot and boil uncovered for an hour. Then, lower the heat to medium low and simmer for 2 hours, covered. Once it’s done, use a cheesecloth or strainer to drain and squeeze as much of the pear cider liquid into another bowl. Then add the lemon juice to the liquid and serve!
Tools you’ll need
- 7 pears
- 1 navel orange
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 1 tsp whole allspice
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 8 cups water
- First, put the brown sugar to the Instant Pot. Then, put the strainer basket in to the pot. Cut your pears and orange into quarters and place them into the strainer basket along with the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole allspice and vanilla bean paste (if you opted to include it). Add the water. If not all the fruit are submerged in the water, push them down until they are mostly fully covered.
- Follow the Instant Pot guide for locking the lid and preparing to cook. Set to pressure cook, on high, for 15 minutes. After the pressure cook cycle is complete, follow the Instant Pot guide for quick release and wait until the quick release cycle is complete. Careful of any remaining steam, unlock and remove the lid.
- Using the potato masher, squeeze as much juice out of the cooked fruit as possible. If you prefer, you can use a cheesecloth to drain the juices out as well.
- Add the lemon juice to the spiced pear cider. Enjoy!