From scratch, slow cooker, homemade apple cider is delicious and always a crowd pleaser! This is great served warm or cold. Perfect for your Holiday parties or any day of the week! We drink this all winter long! Family and friends are always requesting the recipe! Super easy to prepare and your home smells fantastic!
I just love the fall when the orchards load up on their apple! The possibilities of what to make with the apples has always been a thrill for me! Years ago, I was over zealous on my apple picking and decided to make some apple cider in the slow cooker. I have not stopped! My family loves this recipe. This is a simple and delicious recipe and the possibilities are endless with what can be made with homemade apple cider.
The aroma of our home is amazing with the flavors of apple, cinnamon, oranges, lemon and ginger is amazing! I wish I could bottle it and make a candle! What we love about this apple cider recipe is not only the warm deliciousness of the natural flavors of the cider, but the other recipes created from this one sweet little recipe, like apple sangria, and apple cider donuts! Not to mention, my adults family and friends love to add a little bourbon or whiskey to the cider on a crisp evening by the fire..yummy!
The beauty of this recipe is a no fuss prep! I quarter the fruit, peel nothing and don’t worry about the seeds! Toss in the the spices and let the slow cooker do the rest! I generally put everything in the slow cooker in the early evening. I eyeball the fruit and cover with water and I add about 1/3 cup of turbinado sugar. You can always add more sweetener depending on your families taste. Before bed, I mash the fruit to release flavors. Actually, my daughter Deirdre likes to do that part for me! In the morning we use a sieve to strain out the fruit and then we just enjoy.
I hope you make this recipe and let me know how it works for you! Who adds a little adult beverage to their cider by the fire?
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Slow Cooker Homemade Apple Cider
A tasty apple cider recipe using a variety of apples, orange, lemon, and ginger. Adjust the sweetener to your families taste. We love turbinado sugar and pure maple syrup. Add in cinnamon sticks and nutmeg and you have a great apple cider. Adults feel free to add in bourbon or whiskey on a crisp evening.
- 12 apples, variety gala, fuji, golden delicious, quartered variety gala, fuji, golden delicious, quartered
- 2 oranges, quartered
- 1 lemon, quartered
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger
- 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
- 12 cups water, enough to cover fruit in slow cooker
To a six quart slow cooker, add the apples, oranges, lemon, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole nutmeg, whole allspice, ginger, turbinado sugar, and water. Cover the water to about 1/2 inch from top of the slow cooker.
- Turn slow cooker to low, and cook about 12 hours.
- About 2-4 hours into cooking, smash the fruit to add the flavor to the water. I recommend doing this again about hour 10.
- After cooking the fruit, the longer the better, drain fruit through a sieve to get all the juice. You can also squeeze the pulp in a cheesecloth to drain additional juice. Or use a juicer to run the pulp through for any additional juice.
- Taste and adjust spice and sweetness depending on our families preference.
- I usually add about 1 extra teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup to get the perfect sweetness for my family.
- After making this recipe many times, the longer this slow cooks the better. When adjusting the sweetness, use what is best for your family. We are good with the 1/3 cup of turbinado and depending on the sweetness of the apple, I add pure maple syrup, about 2 teaspoonfuls.
- Any nutritional value used is an estimate. These figures can change based on ingredients and portion size