Nov 132009

This recipe is a family favorite.

It would not be the holidays without spiced apple cider, ladled from a waiting, simmering slow cooker into

mugs lovingly cupped in cold fingers.

We serve this at Christmas parties and to carollers, sip it while making pfefferniuss and while watching our favorite Christmas movies.

I can’t eat Thanksgiving pie without a cup of spiced apple cider nearby. Nor open Christmas presents.

A waft of this and I am home.
Spiced Apple Cider
adjust to fill your particular Slow Cooker

  • Enough apple juice to fill your slow cooker. Growing up, we always used the frozen concentrated variety and I’m not above using that now!

For every “can” of prepared frozen juice (or approximately 32 ounces of juice if you are using fresh or bottled juice) add:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 or so whole cloves
  • A whole anise star, if you can find them, optional
  • 1/2 of an orange, sliced in rings with rind on (make sure to wash it thoroughly first!)

Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and heat! If you have two to three hours before serving, just put it on low. If you hope to serve within an hour or so, turn to high until it is hot, then turn to low to maintain heat. If you don’t drink it all in a day, remove and discard oranges and cloves, turn off and leave on your counter. Just reheat the next day either in your slow cooker or individually in mugs or on the stovetop.

A Tip: DO NOT use ground spices in place of whole spices. It will make your cider grainy and gross. Only use whole spices as you can work around them when serving.


This post is written in conjunction with Whole Foods for the Holidays Progressive Dinner Carnival, Beverage edition.  Please go and visit the other contributors

*Image courtesy of Google Images. I found it on six or seven blogs and websites without a reference. That IS what mine looks like though! 🙂

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  2 Responses to “Spiced Apple Cider – For the Love of the Slow Cooker”

  1. Original comments from former blog:

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen said…

    Now all I need is snow to complete the picture – although I’m in no rush 🙂 What a great recipe and I would have never though to use a slow cooker to brew it in.

    8:08 AM
    Mrs. P. said…

    How perfect for upcoming holiday entertaining. Thanks for posting 🙂


    9:22 AM
    Mary said…

    Sarah, this looks and sounds wonderful to serve at this time of year.

    11:36 AM
    Your Frugal Friend, Niki said…

    Thanks for sharing this! I am always feeling bad for my lil guy on cold winter nights when everyone is enjoying hot cocoa (he cant because he is allergic to milk).

    This would be fab to make for all of us to enjoy as a family.


    4:15 PM
    Alison @ Hospitality Haven said…

    Thank you for this! I’ve always wanted to know how to make my own instead of using the chemically processed powders from the store!

    3:14 PM
    SnoWhite said…

    wow — yum. love warm beverages like these!

    8:19 AM
    noahandlylasmommi said…

    sounds great and easy! thanks for sharing 🙂

    12:01 PM

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