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Did you know you can make apple cider in a slow cooker? This slow cooker apple cider is made with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and cloves simmer slowly making the perfect fall drink recipe.
THIS apple cider is it. It’s my new go-to for curing a case of the winter blues and has quickly become a favorite for my picky eight year old. Heating this all-day-long in a slow cooker is beyond genius. It takes less than five minutes to put together with minimal ingredients (WIN!) and is the perfect way to treat yourself. The smell of apple spice with a hint of citrus fills every nook and cranny of our home making it impossible to escape. Curling up on the couch in your favorite flannel pajamas while sipping a glass is mandatory!
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Recipe
The secret here is to use your favorite store bought cider. We are going to kick it up a notch with the addition of a few flavorful spices and a dash of orange. I know, I know… It’s almost like a cheat recipe or kitchen hack. I promise it’s well worth it.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get things heated if you plan to take this to family parties this holiday season. You should heat on high for a minimum of two hours to give all of the flavors enough time to blend together. Switch things over to low (or the warm setting if you’ve got it) and let everyone enjoy a glass or two! Easy peasy.
What kind of store bought apple cider is best?
For this recipe, I like to use Musselman’s apple cider. It comes in a big 1 gallon container, which makes it super simple to pour into the slow cooker. Really, you can use any variety. I like the simple flavor of this brand and it pairs amazingly well with the additional spices added during the cooking process.
What are the ingredients for slow cooker apple cider?
This recipe is amazing because it calls for minimal ingredients and little prep time.
- Brown sugar
- Apple cider
- Cinnamon sticks
How to make slow cooker apple cider:
Combine the cloves and allspice into a coffee filter. Pull up the sides and tie closed with kitchen twine.
Stir your cider and brown sugar in a large slow cooker. Add the spice filled coffee filter, cinnamon sticks, and orange slices.
Heat on high for two hours. Switch your slow cooker to the warm setting and enjoy!
The secret is to let this heat for at least two hours before serving. However, the longer it sits the better the flavor. Don’t be afraid to play around with the spices. You can easily add more for a stronger flavor or take some out for a little more mild version.
Like this recipe? You will love my:
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 quarts apple cider
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange, sliced
- Combine the cloves and allspice into a coffee filter. Pull up the sides and tie closed with kitchen twine.
- Stir your cider and brown sugar in a large slow cooker. Add the spice filled coffee filter, cinnamon sticks, and orange slices.
- Heat on high for two hours. Switch your slow cooker to the warm setting and enjoy!