Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider

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.

Not only is this recipe seriously that easy, it’s also quintessentially autumn. It looks like fall. It tastes like fall. It makes the entire house smell like fall.

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It 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.

I know, I know, by now we’ve all seen a gazillion hot spiced apple cider recipes. But this one, 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.

Yep. Bring it on, fall.

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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.

Yield: 8 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 quarts (64 ounces or 8 cups) apple cider
  • Six 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)


  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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59 Responses to “Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider”

  1. Tina @ MorePleaseRecipes posted on October 4, 2012 at 8:31 am

    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.

    • Kare replied on October 6th, 2012 on 1:59 pm

      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. Bruce Brown posted on October 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

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

    • Kare replied on October 6th, 2012 on 1:55 pm

      I love that idea, Bruce! That reminds me, I also have a mulled cranberry drink I’ll have to dig up and make soon. Thanks!

  4. Sara @ The Cozy Herbivore posted on October 6, 2012 at 5:09 am

    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!

    • Kare replied on October 6th, 2012 on 2:00 pm

      Thanks, Sara! :)

  5. Pharmd905 posted on October 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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  7. Starr posted on November 29, 2012 at 6:44 am

    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.

    • Kare replied on December 3rd, 2012 on 1:14 pm

      Yay! Glad to hear it. Isn’t it a little surprising just how great it is, with so few ingredients? Thank you for coming back and rating the recipe.

  8. Becky posted on December 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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

    • Kare replied on December 3rd, 2012 on 1:16 pm

      Gotta love those recipes that double as an air freshener … or in my case, with two dogs and a cat, a smell-masker. ;) So glad you liked it.

  9. Carol posted on December 10, 2012 at 7:09 am

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

    • Kare replied on December 10th, 2012 on 7:45 am

      Hi Carol, I’ve never used that type of cider for this recipe, but not only am I confident it would work fine, I think it would taste amazing!

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  14. Katy Marshall posted on December 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

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

    • Kare replied on December 19th, 2012 on 12:42 pm

      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. Jamie posted on December 24, 2012 at 5:29 am

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

    • Nancy @ Barry-Jansson & Associates replied on December 25th, 2012 on 6:55 pm

      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,

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  18. Julie posted on October 2, 2013 at 11:17 am

    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. Kristen posted on October 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    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?

    • Karen Troughton replied on October 15th, 2013 on 9:40 am

      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. Robin Spencer posted on October 26, 2013 at 9:30 am

    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. Judy Faulkner posted on October 28, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Do you remove the orange peel before inserting the cloves?

    • Karen Troughton replied on October 28th, 2013 on 10:18 am

      Hi Judy, nope! Whole orange, peel and all – the oils in the peel are what add more delicious flavor. :)

  22. Jaye posted on October 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    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. Alex posted on October 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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

  24. monique posted on November 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    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. teela posted on November 11, 2013 at 6:53 am

    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. teela posted on November 11, 2013 at 6:53 am

    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. teela posted on November 11, 2013 at 6:53 am

    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. Teela posted on November 11, 2013 at 6:56 am

    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. robert posted on November 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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

    • Karen Troughton replied on December 1st, 2013 on 12:27 pm

      Ack, you’re right! Thanks for pointing that out; I will add the photo back as soon as I can.

  34. Ashley posted on December 2, 2013 at 6:59 am

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

    • Karen Troughton replied on December 2nd, 2013 on 10:19 am

      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!

      • Lucy replied on December 8th, 2013 on 6:15 am

        When will you add that picture of the orange?

        • Karen Troughton replied on December 8th, 2013 on 1:27 pm

          Hi Lucy, thanks for asking. I just whipped up a batch for tree trimming later on this evening, and was able to snap a photo. Just added it to the recipe!

  35. Judy Headley posted on December 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

    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?

    • Karen Troughton replied on December 6th, 2013 on 2:16 pm

      Hi Jody, yes, absolutely! I’ve reheated the cider many times.

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  38. Gillian Verga posted on December 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    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. Rashida posted on March 12, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    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!

    • Karen Troughton replied on March 13th, 2014 on 7:56 am

      My pleasure! It is definitely a harbinger of fall for us around here. It makes the house smell so cozy. :)

  42. Betty posted on September 19, 2014 at 7:32 am

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

    • Karen Raye replied on September 19th, 2014 on 8:02 am

      Hi Betty, that should work fine. I’d just suggest placing it in an airtight zipper bag and refrigerating it so that it doesn’t dry out. :)

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