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When I think of hot drink to warm you up, one of my favorites is a nice hot apple cider just like this slow cooked apple cider recipe. There is just some think about the taste of apples along with warm spices like cinnamon and cloves.
I have stayed at a few hotels that have seasonally had it on hand in their lobby. It definitely helps to warm me up when it’s chilly outside.
Well today’s version is one that you make in a slow cooker. Just add all of the ingredients for this Slow Cooked Apple Cider and get it a few hours in the slow cooker and it’s ready to go!
What is the difference between Apple Cider and Apple Juice?
You can use apple cider or apple juice for this recipe. The difference between the two is Apple cider is fresh, unfiltered, and often unpasteurized. It’s also considered a seasonal and can be hard to find outside of the autumn months. Apple juice, on the other hand, is filtered and pasteurized, which gives it a longer shelf life, a sweeter taste, and a smoother texture. Personally, I prefer to use cider when possible.
- APPLE JUICE OR APPLE CIDER
- ORANGE JUICE
- BROWN SUGAR
- CINNAMON STICKS
- WHOLE CLOVES
- WHOLE STAR ANISE
Slow Cooked Apple Cider
- 1 (64 oz) container apple juice or apple cider
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 1 whole star anise
- Combine all of the above ingredients in a slow cooker. For easy removal bundle the anise and cloves in a piece of cheese cloth and tie up with thread. I use a mesh tea ball/infuser like this.
- Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Remove spice and serve. Serves 8.
Recipe adapted from Mom It Forward.