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Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider

One of my favorite drinks is Apple Cider. I love making Slow Cooker Apple Cider because I love the smell of it simmering throughout the day.

Of course, turning it into a butterscotch apple cider is always a treat too.


I use homemade apple juice (just fresh pressed apple juice that I can from my own apples) but any unsweetened apple juice will do. You can get fancy with it and use cranberry juice instead.

I like my apple cider on the more tart side if you want it sweeter you can add in sugar, honey or any sweetener of your choice.

If you do not like to have all kinds of different spices on hand, you can purchase Epicure Mulling Spices and add 8 tsp of it to the 4 L of apple juice. I would still add the fresh orange slices if you can, but if you do not have it, the spice has the peel in it, so it’s convenient.

Yield: 12 cups

Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

This slow cooker hot apple cider is easy to make and it makes the house smell so wonderful as it simmers.


  • 4 L - apple juice (unsweetened)
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 small star anise (or half a big one)
  • 1 orange sliced (with peel on)
  • a sprinkle of nutmeg


  1. Pour your apple juice into the slow cooker (you may also use cranberry juice)
  2. Put the spices into a spice bag and add to the slow cooker (or add straight in and strain before serving)
  3. Add in the orange slices.
  4. Turn the slow cooker on High for 2-3 hours or Low for 4-6 hours.
  5. Take spices out before serving. You may top with whip cream, or add your choice of sweetener if desired.



If you are feeling extra ambitious you can serve the hot apple cider in cored out apple cups or drizzle with whip cream and butterscotch.

SLow Cooker Apple cider

You may also enjoy these 13 hot drinks to make at home.

If you are looking for options you can purchase, here is a Hot Spiced Cider Concentrate or if you want something really easy, consider the Keurig Apple Cider.

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kathy downey

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

We love hot apple cider and those orange cups are genius!

Sunday 9th of December 2018

I wanted to make a small batch, so I only used 1 liter of juice, but I used the full amount of spices and oranges. It turned out delicious! So much better than the instant packets I’ve been using, and sugar free! I will definitely make this again!

Carol S

Wednesday 6th of December 2017

We love hot apple cider, especially for the holidays. I love the idea for using apple cups!


Wednesday 28th of December 2016

This is my go to recipe now. I love that I can just use apple juice as it's way easier to find than real cider. Try this people!

Linda H

Thursday 15th of December 2016

Hot apple cider is soo good!

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