This slow-cooker apple cider recipe is the ideal autumnal beverage since it is warm, fragrant, and handmade. Your home will smell deliciously of apples and spices while being surprisingly simple to make.

On a crisp fall day, there’s nothing better than a warm mug of homemade apple cider. This slow cooker recipe lets the flavors mingle together beautifully, and as the cider simmers all day, your home will smell fantastic! I like to make a big batch on a fall day and have some friends and family over and ladle mugs full of delicious homemade apple cider.

Ingredients in slow cooker apple cider

  • Apples: You’ll need a variety of apples, including both sweet and tart types (Gala, Macintosh, or Granny Smith). A mix of apple varieties adds complexity to the flavor. Generally, 12 apples are used for a large batch.
  • Orange: A fresh orange adds a bright citrus note to the cider.
  • Cinnamon Sticks: Cinnamon sticks are essential for that warm, spicy flavor. You can adjust the quantity based on your preference for spiciness.
  • Whole Cloves: Whole cloves impart a rich, earthy flavor to the cider.
  • Whole Allspice: Whole allspice berries contribute a complex, aromatic flavor.
  • Brown Sugar: Brown sugar adds sweetness to the cider. The amount can be adjusted to taste
  • Water: Water is used to create the base of the cider. You’ll need about 8 cups of water for a standard batch.

How to make Apple Cider

  • Place the quartered apples and orange in the slow cooker.
  • Add the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and whole allspice to the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar over the apples and spices.
  • Pour in the water.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. The longer it simmers, the more flavorful it will be.
  • Use a potato masher to mash the softened apples and spices.
  • Strain the cider through a fine-mesh strainer into a large pot or bowl. Discard the solids.
  • Serve the hot cider in mugs. Optionally, garnish with a cinnamon stick or a slice of orange.

The Best Apples for apple cider

You simply can’t go wrong with the apple variety you use when making homemade apple sauce. However, not every apple has the same flavor, so pick the one you prefer. 

  • Very Sweet – Gala, Fuji, Honey crisp, Ambrosia
  • Mildly Sweet – Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, sweet Tango
  • Sweet-Tart – Cameo, Jonagold, Lady Alice
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apple cider variety of apples for

Tips and suggestions

  • For a flavor profile with more complexity, use a variety of apples.
  • Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less brown sugar to suit your taste.
  • You may also add a tiny bit of lemon juice for a slightly tart twist.
  • You are welcome to experiment with different seasonings, such as nutmeg or star anise, to provide more depth of flavor.

Variations

  • Add cranberries or pomegranate seeds for a festive touch.
  • Make it spicier by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • For a milder version, reduce the number of spices used.
  • Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream or a caramel drizzle for a decadent treat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you may make the cider ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to a week. When you’re ready to serve it, reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

How should I strain out the spices and fruit.?

Use a mesh strainer to separate the liquids from the solids. If you want it extra smooth, use a double fine mesh jelly strainer.

Can I add alcohol to apple cider?

You can absolutely turn this into an adult beverage! Bourbon, rum, or whiskey are the top choices and can be added to your cider.

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Easy Fall Apple Cider Recipe

This slow-cooker apple cider is the ideal autumnal beverage since it is warm, fragrant, and handmade. Your home will smell deliciously of apples and spices while being surprisingly simple to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings

Equipment

  • 1 slow cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 12 apples washed and quartered
  • 1 orange washed and quartered
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • ½ cup brown sugar adjust to taste
  • 8 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Place the quartered apples and orange in the slow cooker.
  • Add the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and whole allspice to the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar over the fruit and spices.
  • Pour in the water.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. The longer it simmers, the more flavorful it will be.
  • Use a potato masher to mash the softened fruit and spices.
  • Strain the cider through a fine-mesh strainer into a large pot or bowl. Discard the solids.
  • Serve the hot cider in mugs. Optionally, garnish with a cinnamon stick or a slice of orange.
Keyword apple, cider, fall
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