The thermometer has dipped back down and it feels cool and crisp so today I’m breaking out my crock pot and sharing How to Make Easy Homemade Apple Cider in a Slowcooker! The weather here has been quite odd: in the 60s one week, and 80s the next, which makes it challenging to stay in the fall spirit. Thankfully the Fall movie marathon on the Hallmark channel has been helpful 🙂
While for many of us (myself included) the Pumpkin Spice Latte is a drink which has become synonymous with Autumn, the beverage that really began it all is humble apple cider. No matter if you prefer it hot or cold, plain or hard, it also deserves the title of “Autmun in a cup!”
Living out here in the country I am surrounded by orchards, so fresh and tasty apple cider can be pretty easy to come by. But if you aren’t blessed with a local farmstand, I’ve found it can be quite challenging to find good cider sometimes. Plus, there are times I’m in the mood for cider and the local stands aren’t selling it, so I devised a recipe to make delicious (and simple!) cider any time, with ingredients you can find at your local grocery.
Easy Homemade Apple Cider in a Slowcooker
In the mood for a delicious sip of Fall? It's simple to make this Easy Homemade Apple Cider in a slow cooker with store-bought ingredients.
- 1 gallon Apple Juice/Cider
- 2 Oranges, sliced
- 8 pieces whole Jamaican Allspice
- 6-8 pieces whole Cloves
- 1 tbsp ground Ginger
- 2 pieces Cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- pinch ground nutmeg
Pour juice into slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for at least an hour to allow flavors to meld.
You can allow this to simmer all afternoon, and it will smell heavenly.
Use a strainer to remove whole ingredients (oranges, cloves, etc...)
Serve and enjoy!
I encourage you to play with the amounts and ingredients you use. You can easily substitue orange juice for the sliced oranges. And depending on your preference with the spices increase/decrease as desired. The first time I made this I used waaaayyyy too many cloves and allspice berries. It was not-drinkable. Seriously. So I encourage you to start small and adjust your amounts graduallly.
You can have it simmer for just an hour to let the flavors meld or you can have the cooker on low and let it go all afternoon.
This is a WONDERFUL open house/holiday party drink because you can serve the warm drink directly from the pot or serve them on a beautiful tray like these.
If you have some extra time and want to gussy it up a bit then consider adding a garnish like these orange slices and apple slices. I especially like the curl of the apple skin, it makes it look extra special, don’t you think?!