How to make slow cooker apple cider
Today I'm sharing how to make slow cooker apple cider for all of those around the world who don't have access to cider mills. With just a few minutes of prep time you'll have delicious cider that will make your whole house smell like fall. It's the ultimate aromatherapy.
After years being abroad, I have learned some new ways to bring the seasonal delights that I adore home to us no matter where we are in the world. Every three years we head somewhere new, and we have no idea when we will spend another Autumn in America. So whether you live within minutes of a cider mill, or all the way in Africa - you can make this homemade naturally sweetened spiced apple cider in your crock pot.
Updated recipe in October 2021:
Apple cider is simple to make and requires minimal ingredients, all of which you can locate easily in your local grocery store.. Many recipes call for apple slices, a variety of whole spices and a hint of citrus. This particular recipe does not. I find that homemade slow cooker apple cider really tastes best with red delicious apples and minimal spices, and when I skip the citrus all together. Previously, I had a recipe for apple cider with only honey to sweeten, and plenty of spices and some ginger. This year I went traditional, and this easy recipe (newly updated) is truly the best fresh apple cider you'll try this holiday season. Hosts and hostess are always sincerely thankful and impressed when I drop off this perfect drink at holiday parties.
Ingredients you need to make slow cooker apple cider
- 10 apples, quartered, seeds, stems and cores removes to prevent bitter apple cider
- ¾ cup brown sugar, you could also use coconut sugar - but brown sugar tasted best in recipe testing
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- 8 cups of water
- 2 whole cloves
Step by step how to make this easy apple cider crockpot recipe:
- Start by prepping your apples by cleaning and cutting them into quarters. You can remove seeds and stems to prevent apple cider from becoming bitter during your cook time.
- Add in your apples, sugar, spices and water into your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Let cool and remove whole spices, leaving apples
- Strain apples and liquid into a cotton bag over a large bowl
- Squeeze bag with apples to remove as much liquid as possible
- Taste cider and make sure it's to your liking with thickens and sweetness
- For thicker cider, cook over low heat for 20 minutes to allow it to reduce
- For a sweeter cider, add an additional tablespoon of brown sugar
- Serve hot or cold
Benefits of making your own homemade apple cider at home
One of the major benefits of making your own is that you don't end up with a large plastic jug, and the ingredients can all be composted. You can also use this recipe to make any of your favorite apple cider recipes, including donuts, cakes, or cocktails.
Don't have a crockpot or slow cooker? No problem! Here's how to make the apple cider on the stove:
- Cut your apples and place them in a large stockpot.
- Add all of your ingredients into the stockpot.
- Cover ingredients with water.. You will want to add enough water cover all of your ingredients by at least 2 inches. Depending on your pot size, this may vary. Start with 8 cups and add more if needed.
- Simmer for three hours.
- Strain apple mixture through a fine sieve. Discard solids. Drain cider again though a cheesecloth-lined sieve.
- Pour cider into a large sauce pan and reduce for several minutes until it's thickened to your taste.
Make it an alcoholic beverage:
Instead of fermenting this apple cider, there are a few ways to turn it into an alcoholic beverage
- -Add caramel vodka
- -Make an apple cider mimosa
- -Make an apple cider bourbon float
How to store homemade apple cider:
We store our apple cider in an airtight container, like this one - for up to two weeks in our refrigerator. You can freeze if you make too much!
Recipes to use your apple cider in:
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Making lots of apple recipes? Check out this post on how to use your apple scraps!
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Will you be trying to make your own apple cider this year? If so, let me know how it goes in the comments!