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From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider is the perfect drink to take us into fall!
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From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

A not-too-sweet homemade version of the favorite fall drink, this apple cider is full of mouthwatering spices and fresh apple flavor and ready in just a few hours.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 141kcal


  • 8-10 medium Gala apples, cored and sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 10 cups filtered water


  • Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 hours.
  • Strain solids from mixture using a sieve (or cheesecloth) and into a large pitcher. Add more sliced apples and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm (and add bourbon if you want to booze it up!)


  1. For best results, use a 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker for this recipe.
  2. Store the apple cider in Mason jars or glass jars with hinged lids.
  3. Once made, the apple cider can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or the freezer for up to three months.
  4. If you prefer a sweeter apple cider, feel free to use brown sugar, sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave nectar.


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg