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This easy-to-simmer apple cider is the go-to drink for this fall and winter! It has all the right spices and flavors and will warm you up on cold winter days! It’s perfect for any holiday party or gathering!

When fall comes around and it’s time for apple recipes, I get so excited! I have so many delicious ones that you MUST TRY. These Salted Caramel Apple Butter Bars are incredibly delicious, and it’s also Apple and Caramel Upside-Down Cake and these Air fryer apple chips!

A slow cooker filled with apple cider, a measuring cup, apple slices and cloves.

Crockpot Apple Cider Recipe

As soon as it’s cold outside, I crave apple cider and hot chocolate! Making hot apple cider in the slow cooker is one of my favorite things to do because you get a ton of cider, and your home will smell great all day. It’s a great idea to put some cider in the slow cooker when you’re hosting a party or having guests over – everyone will love the smell of your home and the taste of the cider! It’s a win-win!

This cider actually starts with store-bought apple cider! It may seem strange at first, but honestly, it’s my favorite “hack”, and people ask me for the recipe EVERY TIME I bring it somewhere. In fact, many have told me it’s the best cider they’ve ever had! It’s definitely not a recipe you want to forget this fall season.

Crockpot Apple Cider Ingredients

Because this recipe uses store-bought apple cider, a few ingredients are all you really need to make it taste even more delicious (and not so tart). See the recipe card at the bottom of the article for exact measurements.

  • Cinnamon sticks: You can’t have apple cider without cinnamon flavor!
  • Cloves: Whole cloves will add flavor. You will take them out once the cider is ready to drink.
  • Allspice together: Allspice is a classic fall flavor that really stands out in this apple cider.
  • Cider: You can buy it at the store in the section with all the juice!
  • Light brown sugar: Apple cider can be tart on its own. The brown sugar sweetens it a bit.
  • Orange slices: These add a deliciously lively flavor to complement the cider.

How to Make Crockpot Apple Cider

This recipe is so easy and only takes four steps! It doesn’t get any better than that! Once you see how easy and delicious it is, it will become a staple of all your holiday festivities all season long!

  1. Pour the cider: Pour the cider into the slow cooker. Add the brown sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add spices: Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and orange slices to the slow cooker.
  3. To cook: Cover and cook over low heat or for at least 2 hours for the flavors to be cooked through. Feel free to let the apple cider warm over low heat until ready to serve.
  4. Stump: When you are ready to serve the cider, discard the spices, cinnamon sticks and orange slices using a small strainer to remove them.
2 photos showing an apple cider slow cooker and the ingredients laid out on the counter, ready to go.

Tips and variations

There are a few things you might want to keep in mind when making this apple cider simmer to make sure it turns out delicious and perfect! Here are some helpful tips!

  • Should I use whole spices? Yes! Using whole spices allows them to slowly infuse their flavors as they cook in the slow cooker. Then you can take them out at the end, and you end up with a smooth and delicious hot drink!
  • Garnish: When my apple cider is cooked, I like to add apple slices and extra orange slices to make it look nice and add some fresh flavor.

A measuring cup filled with apple cider.

Can you do this in advance?

This slow cooker apple cider is great for making the day of any get-together or get-together because it smells like your whole house! But lucky for you, this can also be made a day or two ahead and just reheated in your slow cooker. Once your apple cider is made, you can store it for up to 5 days in your fridge!

a mason jar with a handle filled with apple cider and topped with a cinnamon stick.


  • Pour the cider into the slow cooker. Add the brown sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.

  • Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and orange slices to the slow cooker.

  • Cover and cook over low heat or for at least 2 hours for the flavors to be cooked through. Feel free to let the apple cider warm over low heat until ready to serve.

  • When you are ready to serve the cider, discard the spices, cinnamon sticks and orange slices using a small strainer to remove them.


Originally published November 12, 2017
Updated September 22, 2022

Serves: ten

calories124calories (6%)Carbohydrates31g (ten%)Protein0.4g (1%)Big0.3gSaturated fat0.1g (1%)Polyunsaturated fats0.1gMonounsaturated fat0.02gSodiumtenmgPotassium233mg (seven%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar27g (30 %)Vitamin A36UI (1%)Vitamin C9mg (11%)Calcium37mg (4%)The iron0.4mg (2%)

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is an estimate only. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and serving sizes per household.

Course Beverage

Kitchen American

Keyword Slow cooker easy apple cider, slow cooker apple cider

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