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Hot Apple Cider in Glass Mugs with Cinnamon Sticks and Apple Slices

Slow Cooker Apple Cider

The best homemade hot apple cider, perfect for fall and winter gatherings.

  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x




  1. Chop both the apple and orange into chunks.
  2. Stick whole cloves into the orange pieces (orange rind is much easier to pierce than apple skin). Use 2 to 3 whole cloves per orange slice.
  3. Add the apple juice to your slow cooker, leaving space to add the oranges, apples, and cinnamon sticks.
  4. Finally, add chopped apple, orange with cloves, and cinnamon sticks.
  5. Set your slow cooker to ‘low’ and simmer for several hours (2 to 3 hours), stirring occasionally. Your house will start to smell amazing! And you can serve it as soon as the cider is hot, of course, the longer you let it simmer – the more flavorful it will be.
  6. After 2-3 hours, move to the ‘warm’ setting.
  7. Use a ladle to pour the cider into glass mugs or insulated paper cups.
  8. Enjoy!



Depending on the size of your slow cooker, you can add a little bit more or less apple juice than the 128 ounces. Adding more? Add a few more cinnamon sticks as well.

For an easy way to store leftover apple cider – keep one of the empty apple juice bottles. You can easily add the extra cider and keep it in the fridge.

As noted in the ingredients section, adding chopped fruit to the cider will create a little pulp in your cider. If you want to avoid this – just use whole cuties instead (still with cloves) and forgo the chopped apples.

  • Author: Northern Yum
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 130
  • Sugar: 26 g
  • Sodium: 12.4 mg
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.2 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: fall drink, halloween, thanksgiving, christmas, fall party, winter party

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