Make homemade apple cider from scratch in the slow cooker. This is the perfect holiday drink and It’s also great when used in recipes like donuts, cupcakes, muffins, etc.
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Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 10 mins
Author: as easy as Apple Pie
Course: Drink
Servings:6 cups

Did you know you could make homemade apple cider from scratch with just a few ingredients?

  • 9 apples washed and quartered (I used 3 Red Delicious, 3 Golden Delicious and 3 Granny Smith) - Don' worry about removing peels, seeds, or stems.
  • 1 orange washed and quartered
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1.4 liter (6 cups) water
  • optional: 2-6 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar or brown sugar
  1. Place the apples and orange in the bowl of your slow cooker. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and cover with water.
  2. Cook on high heat for 4-5 hours, or on low heat for 6-7 hours.
  3. About an hour before the apple cider is done cooking, use a potato masher or the side of a spoon to mash the apples and orange.
  4. Let it simmer for one more hour.
  5. Strain the apple cider through a fine-mesh strainer or strain through a cheese cloth (I did it twice).
  6. Stir in your desired amount of sweetener until it is dissolved and serve warm or cold.
  7. Refrigerate the homemade apple cider for up to 5 days.

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