Slow Cooker Apple Cider (with video)

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This is my mom-in-law’s recipe and it’s always a hit when she serves it at her annual Christmas party.  That party is, to say the least, fun–it’s a gathering I know many people look forward to each holiday season.  Aside from the good company, chats, laughs, and dozens of cookies and treats, the house is filled with the smell of this warm cider simmering on her stove top.   As guests enjoy the evening, they make pit stops at the stove to refill their cups.

I like to make this in my slow cooker so that’s what I’m sharing today.  I fill my glass juice containers with it, pop them in the fridge, and then warm a few cups on the stove whenever we want a steaming mug of cider throughout the week.  I hope you’ll love it as much as we do!   Thank you, Pam!  ♥

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Slow Cooker Apple Cider
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Hosting a gathering this holiday season? Keep the cider in your slow cooker on the "warm" setting and it's all set for your guests to help themselves.
  • 1 gallon of apple cider
  • 3 to 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 25 to 30 cloves
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar (you can certainly use less than 1 cup)
  1. Place the cloves in a tea ball strainer (or wrap in cheesecloth and tie) and set aside. Place all other ingredients in a large slow cooker. Mix to dissolve sugar a bit. Place the tea ball strainer in slow cooker. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 2 hours. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks and cook for another 2 hours. You may cook longer or set to warm at this point.
While the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, you can certainly decrease the amount. I sometimes use ½ a cup. Depends on my mood. 🙂






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