While we traditionally think of the slow cooker as the perfect tool for making stews, chilis, and other hearty, cold-weather meals, it’s also a wonderful way to prepare an apple cider recipe.
This delicious hot apple cider drink is made in a basic slow cooker using apples, oranges, and warm spices like nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. If you’ve never attempted to make your own cider, don’t fret; this spiced apple cider recipe will prove to you just how it easy it is.
To make homemade apple cider in a slow cooker, you’ll simply need to cut up your apples into quarters, then toss them into your slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients. This mixture cooks for about 6 to 8 hours, during which time your home will smell absolutely divine.
Once the apple cider has cooked, you’ll just strain the liquid into a pitcher. You can serve your apple cider topped off with whipped cream and caramel sauce for an indulgent touch, or just keep it simple and bask in how delightful this easy apple cider recipe truly is!
Cook time: 4 hours
Prep time: 10 minutes
- 5 medium apples a mixture of red and green
- 1 whole orange
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 whole clove
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 8 cups water
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup Homemade Caramel Sauce or store-bought
- Wash the fruit, then cut the apples into quarters. Toss the apples and entire orange into your slow cooker.
- Add the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and water. Stir everything together and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. Check on the cider throughout the cooking time just to make sure the orange has not split apart. If it has, remove the orange from the cider so that it doesn't make it bitter.
- About 1 hour prior to the cider being finished, use a potato masher to mash up the apples. Continue cooking.
- When the cider is ready, strain the liquid into a pitcher. Stir in the caramel sauce and brown sugar.
- Serve hot with whipped cream and caramel sauce, or store in the fridge for a few days.
Recipe adapted from tastesbetterfromscratch.com