Hot spiced Apple Cider makes a great drink for holiday parties and gatherings. This slow cooker hot cider is so easy to make, and tastes delicious.
This hot spiced apple cider uses just 4 ingredients. It can be made in your slow cooker, so it cooks away as you are doing all the other things you need to do!
You can also add alcohol to this to make it a hard cider, or keep it alcohol free, so it appeals to everyone.
The smell of this hot apple cider gently cooking and warming will also fill your home with gorgeous aromas!
Hot Spiced Apple Cider is the perfect drink for any winter gathering. It is easy and fast to make, uses few ingredients, and takes very little prep.
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Ingredients for Hot Spiced Apple Cider
Note: I used a 3 quart slow cooker for this recipe, like this one.
2 Quarts (about 8 cups) Apple Cider
6-8 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Tablespoons Whole Cloves
Optional Ingredients: You can pretty much make up glasses or mugs of this cider with anything at all. Place fruit inside (orange slices are always good), additional cinnamon sticks, or even sprigs of herbs. During the holidays fresh cranberries also make a great addition.
Directions for Making Hot Spiced Apple Cider
Pour the apple cider into the slow cooker inner bowl.
Add the cinnamon sticks.
Take the orange, and with a toothpick poke holes around the orange. As you poke the holes insert a whole clove into the hole. The holes should be about an inch to an inch and a half apart.
Place the orange into the apple cider inside the slow cooker.
Cook on low heat setting for about 4 hours or so.
You can continue to keep this on warm during any gathering, so that it stays nice and hot for everyone.
To Serve the Hot Spiced Apple Cider
Provide cups (heat proof) for your guests to ladle the cider into. These cups are ideal and I have used these myself. Or if you have enough mugs in your home, you could use them also.
You could also set up each mug/cup with a cinnamon stick inside, so your guests can use the cinnamon stick to stir the mixture when served. Or pour some powdered cinnamon on a plate, paint some egg yolk across the rim of each glass/cup, and dip into the powdered cinnamon.
- 2 Quarts (about 8 cups) Apple Cider
- 6-8 Cinnamon sticks
- 1 Orange
- 2 Tablespoons Whole Cloves
Pour the apple cider into a 3-quart or larger slow cooker/crockpot
Add the cinnamon sticks
Poke holes all around the orange with a toothpick. As you poke the holes insert a whole clove into the hole. Space the cloves about an inch to an inch and a half apart.
Place the orange into the slow cooker in the apple cider
Cook on low heat setting for 4 hours
If the Apple Cider runs out, or gets low, just refill with another quart or more of apple cider. The spices already in the cider will permeate through. It is best to refill while there is still some apple cider left, so it already has the spices mixed in.
I always use organic ingredients in this apple cider, as it soaks for so long.