Slow Cooker Apple Cider


Apple Cider is the perfect drink to enjoy all fall and winter, and this hot drink is actually better suited for the slow cooker than the stovetop. Whether you are hosting a party or curling up with a good book in front of a fire, this easy slow cooker apple cider will make the evening cozy. And whatever you call it — mulled cider, spiced apple cider, or hot apple cider — it makes your house smell wonderful.

Crockpot Hot Apple Cider

Slow Cooker Apple Cider


  • 2 quarts unfiltered apple cider (look for unfiltered apple cider or unfiltered apple juice that contains no added sugar or spices)

  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 small orange, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries (optional)

  • 1” piece fresh ginger, peeled (optional)

  • Bourbon or rum (optional, see cooking notes)


  1. Place all ingredients — except alcohol — in the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours. Remove and discard the spices. To make it easier to remove the spices, you can use a large tea ball or cheesecloth tied with a string for everything except the cinnamon sticks. Serve the mulled cider immediately in mugs.

  2. If desired, adults can make it spiked apple cider by pouring a bit of alcohol into a mug, then pouring the hot cider mixture over it.

Cooking Notes

  • Want different flavors? Add or skip various spices or fruits. Adjust the ingredients and amounts to meet your family’s preferences. Try lemon, nutmeg, or star anise.

  • Want sweeter apple cider? Try adding a couple tablespoons of brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey.

  • Want to cook the cider on the stove? Simmer the cider mixture covered over low heat for about 1 hour.

what alcohol to mix with apple cider?

Wondering how to make Spiked Apple Cider? Add a tablespoon of any of the following to find your favorite drink: bourbon, spiced rum, cognac, tequila, Calvados, or scotch. You can also chill the apple cider, then mix with sparkling wine or beer for a cold cocktail.

See Supercall for the 12 Best Apple Cider Cocktails.

Recipes with Apple Cider

Have leftover apple cider? Apple cider chills well and can be served cold or reheated. But if you’d like to use the cider in another recipe, here are a few to try:

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