Spiked Pear Cider

I’ve fallen hard for the homemade cider this year…

This Spiked Pear Cider is made in the slow cooker and can easily be made virgin for kids to enjoy!

And for this version I’ve even brought on the booze! That’s right, this Spiked Pear Cider is just as tasty as any hot apple cider and has a splash of bourbon to boot. My kind of cool weather treat!

In case you missed it, a little while back I forayed into the world of homemade ciders with this From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider and I was more than pleased with how it turned out. It wasn’t too sweet and had just the right amount of spice. It made me start thinking about what other types of homemade ciders I could create, and a pear version was the first thing that popped to my mind.

And now that I’m back (at least a tiny bit) in the drinking game, I thought it only appropriate to make my pear cider into somewhat of a hot toddy by adding some tummy-warming bourbon. BUT, if you are not a drinker or not drinking at the moment for any reason (I feel ya) then I’m happy to say that this Spiked Pear Cider tastes just as delicious when it’s just plain ol’ “Pear Cider.” In fact, you don’t even add the booze until the end, so it’s easy to make a batch for a crowd and then just add the booze to the mugs of those who want it.

A couple of mugs of warm Spiked Pear Cider are just what you need on a cold fall or winter's night.

Aside from a little difference in the spices, the directions for making this Spiked Pear Cider are nearly identical to those for the apple cider. And whereas my apple cider recipe had no added sweetener, I did decide to add some honey to the pear cider to help counteract the booze a little bit. Which means it’s that much closer to a legit hot toddy and that much more acceptable to drink if you’re ever feeling a little bit under the weather this winter. Am I right?

So what I’ve done here is included the recipe for the pear cider itself – which you’ll make in the slow cooker – and then also the ratios for boozing it up. Plan on making the nonalcoholic pear cider in the slow cooker at least one night before you want to drink it (or first thing that morning since it takes 7 hours to cook) and then you can easily just keep it warm in the slow cooker or refrigerate it and reheat it when you’re ready to enjoy it as a cozy adult beverage.

A mug of Spiked Pear Cider is the perfect hot toddy for the holidays.

This Spiked Pear Cider is the perfect drink to have on hand for the holidays when you have guests and visitors stopping by at any given moment, or when you’re just looking for a little something special to serve up for family. It’s easy to throw together and can be made suitable for kids and adults alike. Plus, who doesn’t love a great “set it and forget it” recipe for this crazy time of year?

Spiked Pear Cider
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
7 hrs
Total Time
7 hrs 10 mins

This slow cooker recipe is a fun new take on cider and can easily be made nonalcoholic for the young 'uns or non-drinkers in the crowd.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 6 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
For the cider:
  • 8 pears, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 of a whole vanilla bean
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 8 cups filtered water
For one cocktail:
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 4-6 ounces pear cider
  1. Combine all of the cider ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours.

  2. Strain cider into a pitcher or a few Mason jars and discard solids.

  3. To make the cocktail, measure out 2 ounces of bourbon into a mug and add 4-6 ounces of the cider (depending on the size of your mug.) Enjoy warm.

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Boozy Spiced Hot Apple Cider

We’ve almost made it to the first weekend in December! And I’m ready to celebrate.

Boozy Spiced Hot Apple Cider | CaliGirl Cooking

I don’t know about you, but now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I’m ready to jump into Christmas full-force. I’ve already shared one of my favorite winter cocktail recipes with you (see Boilo), but when I had a big jug of spiced apple cider sitting in my refrigerator just begging to be used, I couldn’t help but come up with this toasty, cozy, delicious recipe for Boozy Spiced Hot Apple Cider.

Now, I’m no expert in spiked hot apple cider, but I’m pretty sure whiskey goes amazingly well with both apples and even more so with anything that has the word “spiced” in its name. I’m also pretty sure that once we get into the month of December, we need to make everything as “Christmas-y” as possible (Who’s with me?!) Hence why we couldn’t just stop at adding whiskey and had to throw in some cinnamon sticks and fresh cranberries too.

Boozy Spiced Hot Apple Cider | CaliGirl Cooking

This cocktail is so easy to throw together, and chances are you already have most of the ingredients in your pantry, on your bar cart, or on hand in the refrigerator because you got way too ambitious and thought you were going to make your own cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and then ran out of time while you were making everything else and you resorted to the canned stuff. But come to think of it, even if you DID get around to making your own cranberry sauce, why not throw some into this cocktail? I’m all about experimentation, especially when there’s booze involved.

Boozy Spiced Hot Apple Cider | CaliGirl Cooking

What are everyone’s plans for the coming weekend? Chris and I have a holiday party to go to on Saturday, and then Sunday is one of our favorite days of the year in Santa Barbara because….LIGHTED BOAT PARADE! We are super lucky because one of our friends has a boat in the harbor so we get front row seats every year and it is so much fun! It is also very special to us because (cue the sappy romantic music) it’s where Chris asked me to “officially” be his girlfriend. This will be our third year watching the parade together and our first as an engaged couple! (1…2…3… “Awwww!”)

I’m definitely thinking about bringing a batch of this belly-warming Boozy Spiced Hot Apple Cider along with some bubbles (of course!) to celebrate and to kick off the Christmas season with all of our friends. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with friends and family. Cozy up with a warm drink (ahem…hot apple cider…ahem), light up a fire in the fireplace, open a book, and take a moment to breathe in the lovely scent of your Christmas tree. After all, we only get to do this once a year. XO

Boozy Spiced Hot Apple Cider | CaliGirl Cooking

Boozy Spiced Hot Apple Cider

Yield: Makes 2 servings


  • 1 ½ cups spiced apple cider
  • 4 ounces whiskey
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a heavy simmer and cranberries have split open to release their juices. Turn off heat and serve as soon as mixture is cool enough to drink.
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We’re diving into this holiday stuff head first and I couldn’t be happier!