Crock Pot Hot Apple Cider

Crock Pot Hot Apple Cider by

I was outside the other night and it was really cold! I could actually see my breath for the first time since summer ended. Yep, fall is really here and I love it! There’s nothing like hot apple cider to warm up your bones on those cold days and nights.

It’s tradition in our home to make hot apple cider in the crock pot in the fall and winter. We keep it on low and sip it throughout the day. If you find you didn’t drink it all in one day, simply refrigerate it and warm it back up in the slow cooker on another day. The longer it “steeps”, the stronger the flavor.

Crock Pot Hot Apple Cider
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 12-15
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange sliced
  1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir until brown sugar is incorporated.
  2. Turn slow cooker on low and let it "steep" until hot enough to drink (about 1.5 to 2 hours).
  3. Remove cloves, and cinnamon sticks before serving. You can also make a spice bag and add all spices into the bag, add to the cider and allow steep while cooking.

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


  1. I’m trying to make a mulled cider in a crock pot for a group of about 20. What might the equivalency of whole cloves be for ground cloves? And is there a way to exchange the orange peel for orange juice?

  2. When you refrigerate the left-over cider, do you strain it, to leave all the ingredients still in the liquid?

    • I would strain it before I refrigerated it unless you are planning to warm it back up, then you could leave it in and then strain it after.

  3. November.Bride says:

    Hello, can you tell me if you have ever tried using these same ingredients with red wine instead of apple cider to make mulled wine? I used your recipe for the apple cider in my percolator for Thanksgiving and it was delicious! Thank you!

  4. Hi can you add alcohol to this recipe for an adult holiday party? If so, what would you suggest and would it be added individually into cups?

    • Hi Tina. You can add alcohol. I would use rum or apple brandy. Pour the finished apple cider into a mug and top with a shot of rum or apple brandy. Or try adding a 1/2 cup to 1 cup to the slow cooker, depending on how strong you would like it.

  5. Darn! Wish I’d seen this BEFORE I went grocery shopping. Good thing I have a teenage driver I can send to Safeway to get the ingredients for me.

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