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posted: 09/27/19

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This Crockpot Spiced Apple Cider is perfect for fall parties. Easy to make and delicious to drink. Make a kid friendly batch and keep some brandy on the side for the grown ups!

clear mug full of crockpot spiced apple cider with anise seed pods floating in it, apple slices and two cinnamon sticks

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Today, I’m sharing with you an updated recipe for this amazing Crockpot Spiced Apple Cider. It is very easy to throw together and perfect when you serve it with a bottle of brandy next to the slow cooker. That way your crockpot apple cider is kept warm and stays kid friendly while having the option of a boozy treat for the adults.

Let’s jump into how you make it!

Reader Review

An ABSOLUTE must for Halloween. A huge hit during our neighborhood celebration.

What You Need to Make Crockpot Spiced Apple Cider

Most apple cider is not all that different from apple juice (more on that in a minute). By adding all these spices to our drink while slowly warming it up, we are really mixing things up.

You will need:

  • A gallon of apple cider (or apple juice)
  • Oranges
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Star of Anise (see an important note about buying this below)
  • Whole Cloves
  • A Slow Cooker (I’m linking to the one pictured; the one I loved so much I bought two.)

And of course if you want to make this spiked apple cider you will need some brandy.

overhead view of a crockpot to make spiced apple cider filled with orange slices studded with cloves and cinnamon sticks

How to make Spiced Apple Cider in the Crockpot

This caffeine free, perfect for fall crockpot apple cider is super simple. Just combine all of the ingredients in your crockpot (except for the alcohol if you are spiking it) and cook on low for 4 hours.

The reason we leave out the alcohol is because it will cook some of the alcohol off and it’s also just not necessary to heat your alcohol up. The drink will be plenty warm without that being warmed. Also it is a great way to keep this recipe for the kids and the adults.

The Difference Between Apple Cider and Apple Juice

Like I mentioned, you can use either apple cider or apple juice in this recipe. Depending on the brand you are buying, there is very little difference in it. Want to learn more? There is a great article from The Kitchn about it.

The long and short of it is use what you want.

a clear mug of spiced apple cider in front of a crockpot garnished with apple slices, cinnamon sticks, and star of anise

Tips and Tricks for this Crockpot Apple Cider

There are a few little things that make this recipe a little easier. But they are all optional; I’ve done it a number of different ways.

Make small little holes in the sides of the orange slices and put your whole cloves in there. It will save you from fishing them out at the end of cooking.

Alternatively you could use tea strainers for your cloves.

Another option would be to wrap them in a coffee filter.

When I smell star anise all I can think of is licorice, which is not my favorite. I often choose to leave it out of this recipe (which is why it reads as optional), but if you smell it and love it, add it!

If you are looking for star anise and only finding it for a small fortune, try looking elsewhere. If your grocery carries bags of spices that are not well known brands that’s a great place to start. One store I looked at had a jar for $11 and another had a small bag for $1.

A final note, as it is a question out there: If you buy 100% juice, this spiced apple cider recipe will be gluten free. Just be sure to read labels.

If You Don’t Love Brandy

Traditionally, spiced apple cider is paired with brandy. If brandy isn’t your jam, I would highly suggest Fireball Whiskey or another cinnamon whiskey. (You all know from my Fireball Fudge and my Cinnamon Whiskey Sangria how much I love Fireball.)

My neighbor served it that way for Halloween last year and I went back for a second cup!

Other Perfect Fall Drinks

If you are throwing a party and want something else along side this Crockpot Spiced Apple Cider, try some of these:

If you make any of these or this slow cooker apple cider, leave me a comment and let me know!

overhead view of two clear mugs full of crockpot spiced apple cider and garnished with star anise, sliced apples and cinnamon sticks
clear mug full of crockpot spiced apple cider with anise seed pods floating in it, apple slices and two cinnamon sticks
5 from 7 votes

Slow Cooker Spiked Apple Cider

Serves: 16 cups
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
This Crockpot Spiced Apple Cider is perfect for fall parties. Easy to make and delicious to drink. Make a kid friendly batch and keep some brandy on the side for the grown ups!

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 oranges sliced
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise pods optional
  • 1 TBSP whole cloves
  • 2 cups brandy

Instructions

  • After slicing the oranges, make small holes in the rinds with the tip of a knife and insert the cloves in them so that they don’t float free in the cider.
  • In a 6 quart slow cooker , combine the cider, oranges, cinnamon sticks, star anise pods, and cloves. Cook on low for four hours.
  • Just before serving add the brandy.

Notes

Please note that the nutritional information does not include the brandy.
Serving: 8ounces Calories: 128kcal (6%) Carbohydrates: 32g (11%) Sodium: 60mg (3%) Potassium: 142mg (4%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 30g (33%) Vitamin C: 8mg (10%) Calcium: 2mg Iron: 3mg (17%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
clear mug full of crockpot spiced apple cider with anise seed pods floating in it, apple slices and two cinnamon sticks

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  1. Beth says

    I love Fireball too. I did make your fireball fudge and it was delicious❤️
    And last year for Thanksgiving I made fireball cranberry sauce which was the bomb but I can’t remember where I got the recipe from.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Sarah W says

    Any thoughts on using a spiced rum (like Sailor Jerry) versus Brandy? Do you think it would pair well? I don’t love Brandy. Thanks!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I think that could be really good, or if you like Fireball, that is fantastic in this.

  3. Sean says

    5 stars
    An ABSOLUTE must for Halloween. A huge hit during our neighborhood celebration.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that it was a hit!

  4. Coree says

    I am excited to make your spiced cider. In addition I will add apple pucker alcohol with same amount of hot damn.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you enjoy it!

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