There is nothing better than a nice warm cup of apple cider to warm you up on a brisk day. Warm spiced apple cider can be made two ways: either on the stovetop or in a slow cooker.
As soon as apple season starts each Fall our refrigerator always has a gallon or more of apple cider stocked. Early in Fall, it's still pretty warm here on the East Coast, so apple cider is consumed iced cold or as an apple cider slushie.
As the temperatures drop in November apple cider is best (in my opinion) warmed and sipped while snuggled under a cozy blanket. Apple cider can certainly be warmed up just as it is, but when I have time I make spiced cider flavored with citrus, apples, and cinnamon.
How to make Warm Apple Cider
- Use any store-bought apple cider. You can also use apple juice if that is what you already have.
- Add any fruit you wish apples, pears, oranges, tangerines, cranberries, pomegranate seeds. Don't use a fruit that is too delicate or it will get mushy.
- You can use a variety of spices: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and star anise.
- If you are in a hurry you can warm the cider on the stove-top instead of waiting for the slow cooker.
- If heating the apple cider on the stove, heat on medium-low. Don't boil!
- For an adult version, you can add caramel vodka or spiced rum.
Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider
- Slow Cooker
- Cutting Board
- 6 cups Apple Cider
- 1 Orange sliced
- 1 Honey Crisp Apple sliced
- 1 Granny Smith Apple sliced
- 1 cup Fresh cranberries
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- Pour apple cider into a slow cooker or small pot if using your stove-top
- Add sliced oranges, apples, and whole cranberries to the apple cider
- Place 2 cinnamon sticks into the slow cooker or pot with the other ingredients.
- If using a slow cooker heat on high for 2 hours.
- If using your stove-top warm cider over medium-low heat.
Here is another drink you may enjoy:
What is your favorite Fall beverage? Are you an apple or pumpkin spice lover? Let me know in the comments!