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.
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.
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