Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider

With just four ingredients – okay, five if you spike it with your favorite rum – this Crock Pot hot spiced apple cider couldn’t be any easier to make. It’s the perfect excuse to get out there and rake the leaves.

Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

It’s fall, you say? Wait. Wait just a second.

Grab an orange. Stick some cloves in it. Throw it in your Crock Pot along with a few cinnamon sticks and a bottle of apple cider. Turn it on. Wait four hours.

Okay. NOW it can be fall.

Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider - With just four ingredients (okay, five if you decide to spike it with your favorite rum) this Crock Pot mulled cider recipe couldn't be any easier to make.

Not only is this Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Cider recipe seriously that easy, it’s also quintessentially autumn. Mulled cider looks like fall. It tastes like fall. It makes the entire house smell like fall.

Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider - With just four ingredients (okay, five if you spike it with your favorite rum) this warm-spiced Crock Pot mulled cider recipe couldn't be any easier to make.

This hot apple cider warms you up after an hour or two of kicking around in the fall leaves or picking out that perfect pumpkin or trick-or-treating on a perfectly frosty night when you can see your breath. And for the adults, you can add a perfect extra little warming factor: rum.

Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider - With just four ingredients (okay, five if you spike it with your favorite rum) this warm-spiced Crock Pot mulled cider recipe couldn't be any easier to make.

I know, I know, by now we’ve all seen a gazillion hot spiced apple cider recipes. But this mulled cider, I think, is special because it takes only four whole ingredients – no special mulling spices required. Plus, it utilizes that wondrous kitchen appliance – the slow cooker – so you don’t have to stand over the stove or worry about keeping it at the perfect temperature once it’s ready to be served. It just sits there on your kitchen counter, being awesome, until everyone happily drinks it all down.

Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider - With just four ingredients (okay, five if you spike it with your favorite rum) this warm-spiced Crock Pot mulled cider recipe couldn't be any easier to make.

Yep. Bring it on, fall.

Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Yield: 8 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

3.8 / 5 (10 votes)
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With just four ingredients - okay, five if you spike it with your favorite rum - this Crock Pot hot spiced apple cider couldn't be any easier to make. It's the perfect excuse to get out there and rake the leaves.

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts (64 ounces or 8 cups) apple cider
  • 6 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving if desired
  • 1 medium orange
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • Rum of your choice (optional)
  • Additional cinnamon sticks for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pour apple cider into a 2.5-quart or larger Crock Pot or other slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks to cider.
  2. With a toothpick, poke holes all around the orange, about 1/2 inch to 1 inch apart. Carefully poke the cloves into the toothpick holes in the orange.
  3. Place orange into the cider in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low until hot and spiced through, about 4 hours. Ladle into mugs along with an ounce or so of rum if using. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass if desired and serve.

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

71 Responses to “Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider”

  1. Yum, I can smell the cinnamon from here! And I love your pictures in mittens. Living in LA, all I can say, is I want this cold weather.

    • It’s actually been unseasonably sunny and warm up here in the Pacific Northwest too! We’re loving it though. The gray, drizzly, cold winter will be here soon enough. Ah well, more excuses to drink warm cocktails. 😉

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  3. I make this several time a year often adding a cup of whole cranberries to add a bit of tartness.

  4. Oh yum! This looks so amazing, I can almost smell it over my computer monitor. Your pictures are so great– I love those blue gloves!

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  7. Served this at a party last night, and it was a hit! Linked back to your recipe on my blog today. Thanks! This will be a new tradition around our house.

  8. I’m drinking this as I type and it is AMAZING! House smells good too. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Can you use the pasteurized cider found chilled in the produce section?
    M

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  14. I just have a quick question. Do you peel the orange first or leave it whole?

    • Hi Katy, that’s a good question! I should edit the recipe to specify; thank you for bringing it up. Leave the peel on – the great flavor comes from the oil in the orange peel.

  15. If usingu Rum, do you add the Rum into the crock pot? And if so, how much?

    • Katy, I have been doing this for years on the stove top (in a large pot), and for the first time this year, I tried it with my handy 5Q crock pot. Wonderful!

      BTW, I used *unfiltered* apple juice instead of cider and peel the (naval) orange. It’s not only less expensive, the juice of the orange makes the juice taste a lot like cider.

      Best regards,
      Nancy

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  18. Spiced cider is my favorite thing to drink in the fall! Sometimes, for a spicy kick I add some red cinnamon candies and a little ginger ale, in addition to my cinnamon sticks and whole cloves.

  19. Can I leave this in the crockpot for about 7 hours on low? I will be leaving and won’t be back until later, but I want the cider to be ready. Will leaving it on longer mess up the cider?

    • Hi Kristen! It probably depends on your Crock Pot, but I wouldn’t. Mine will boil liquids even on the “warm” setting! I would avoid exceeding the times I put in the recipe just because it might end up boiling. You could always mix it all up, put it in the fridge, warm it on the stove, and then keep it warm in the Crock Pot when you’re there. Not quite as hands off/easy, but an option.

  20. Found your lovely recipe after looking at many hot apple cider recipes. I have one of the older type crockpots. It would take a very long time for it to boil on low. Would I still cook this in my crockpot for four hours?
    Thanks so very much!

  21. Do you remove the orange peel before inserting the cloves?

  22. This cider recipe was PERFECT and super easy…made it for a Halloween party. We live in Arizona and you can’t get delicious spiced cider like this regularly here. Went amazingly with some Capt’n Morgan and will DEFINITELY make again :)

  23. Can’t wait to try this on the weekend! Quick question, when is the best time to add the rum?? Thanks!

  24. I could not find apple cider juice that was not sold already spiced so i bought unfiltered apple juice Is this going to work? I saw little point in buying the spiced cider juice and putting it in a crock pot. I went to several stores. help. thanks.

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  28. hope you don’t mind me posting this on my blog….this is a great idea to welcome in this cooler Autumn weather in middle Tennessee! Thanks Liz!

  29. hope you don’t mind me posting this on my blog….this is a great idea to welcome in this cooler Autumn weather in middle Tennessee! Thanks Liz!

  30. hope you don’t mind me posting this on my blog….this is a great idea to welcome in this cooler Autumn weather in middle Tennessee! Thanks Liz!

  31. Thanks Liz! Great for these cooler Autumn days and if I have leftovers, I just put in a jar in the fridge, then pour in a cup and microwave and oh my yummy!

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  33. um, there is no photo of said orange with cloves sticking in toothpick holes ….

  34. Do you think I’d be able to double this recipe in one crock pot for a Christmas party?

    • Hi Ashley, absolutely! I double it all the time. It’s a pretty forgiving recipe. I usually just get a nice big orange and add more cloves to it, double the cinnamon sticks and the cider, and it’s delicious! Good excuse to make sure you have a nice big Crock Pot in your kitchen arsenal too. :) Happy Christmas partying!

  35. Question: I am hostessing a party with about 35 guests. Can I make the apple cider ahead of time, keep in refrigerator until
    party time and reheat?

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  38. Made this twice for holiday parties and got rave reviews both times. People kept coming back for more and asking for the recipe!

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  41. Thanks so much for this recipe. It is the EASIEST cider recipe and it tastes so good! It is a staple for me now in the fall. Thanks again for sharing!

  42. Can I prep the oranges the day before I want to make the cider?

  43. Thank you for this recipe! I hosted a girls night bonfire and everyone loved it! :) I had the rum on the side for anyone who wanted a spike, but it was also nice to have a  special yummy virgin drink for the designated drivers and non-drinkers of the group.

    I have a small crockpot, as the cider got low, I just added more juice and it only took a few minutes to warm back up (on low setting)… I had it on the “keep warm” setting for probably 5 hours–every round tasted great.

    Leftovers are in a pitcher in the fridge now :) I bet it would taste fine cold too!

  44. I put this up in my crockpot at 8 am and when I came home at 3 the house smelled divine – but the cider looked disgusting!  The solids had all percipitated out leaving me with apple juice and sludge.  It tasted fine but I definitely wouldn’t serve this to guests.

  45. Could I use ground cloves instead? I just bought a (tiny) expensive jar of ground cloves for a carrot cake and would love to not have to buy a different ingredient. Thanks! making it for a bonfire this weekend.

    • Sure, just add ground cloves a pinch at a time and taste until it’s where you’re at! I’d still recommend poking holes in an orange because the orange oils add great flavor too.

  46. I was wondering where these wonderful mugs are from?  I’ve been trying to track down the perfect cider glasses for this thanksgiving.  Please let me know!

  47. I am going to try this recipe with Fireball Whiskey instead of Rum this weekend for an outdoor punk rock show. Sounds yummy!

  48. Would the alcohol evaporate out if you put it in the crockpot for the 4 hours? Sorry if this question has already been answered, I didn’t see it though. Thanks!

  49. Can I make this without the cloves? how will it alter the taste? I am pregnant and really have to limit my clove intake.

    • It’s still good without the cloves. I still recommend the orange, though, poked so the oils come out and help flavor the cider. You could opt for a few allspice thrown in there instead.

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