Spiced Apple Cider in the Slow Cooker

It is still cold out and winter is in full force.  I posted my heart-warming homemade hot chocolate recipe last month.   This month, I wanted to share with you one of my other drinks of choice for a special cold weather treat – hot spiced apple cider.  The best part is –this cider cooks in the slow cooker! It takes all of 5 minutes to throw together and it makes the house smell of warm apple cider and cinnamon and spices.  I love putting this on after the kids are in bed. When they wake up, they know what is waiting for them!

As a child, I associated this with New Year’s, but for my kids, it’s just a nice treat on a cold day. There is nothing that warms you up quite like drinking something hot.  I just love doing little things with the kids that, I hope, turn into big memories.

The original recipe came from a cookbook that came with my mother’s crockpot when I was a kid.  I have since adapted it a bit, but the cider is still just as good as I remember it.  I use a coffee filter secured with a rubber band to hold my crushed spices.  The whole ones work a bit better, but in a pinch, the crushed ones will work too as long as you put them in the coffee filter.  I hope that you enjoy this recipe for slow cooker hot apple cider! Now on to the recipe!


Slow cooker Spiced Apple Cider recipe


2 Quarts (1/2 gallon) Apple Cider

1 tsp whole allspice

1 ½ tsp whole cloves

1 tsp nutmeg

2 sticks cinnamon


Pour apple cider in a crockpot. Throw in cinnamon sticks. Place all other spices in a coffee filter and secure into a little “bag” with a rubber band or twist tie.  Turn on Low for 2-8 hours. Serve from crock pot with a ladle.


The original recipe called for ½ cup of brown sugar added to the cider, but I have always found it plenty sweet without the additional sugar.  You can also add orange slices for a bit more flavor and a pretty garnish.

Pictures below!

Put your ground/small spices in a coffee filter

Secure in a little “bag” with a rubber band. I usually leave the cinnamon sticks loose.

Throw everything in and turn it on! You can add orange peels for additional flavor/garnish.

If you like my recipes or if you have tried them and have suggestions, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment or feel free to email me directly at contentmentquesting@gmail.com



3 thoughts on “Spiced Apple Cider in the Slow Cooker”

    1. You can absolutely switch it with apple juice! I have swapped it before and have not been able to taste much of a difference. Enjoy!

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