Hot Spiced Cider is perfect to take the chill out of blustery fall days. This slow cooker recipe makes it easy and layers on delicious flavors as well as a touch of pumpkin! Great ‘as is’ or to use in other recipes (ideas included).
Slow cooker recipes are perfect to build fantastic flavor and leave you free to do other things.
This recipe will fill your house with amazing fall aromas as it cooks!
The reward of a steamy mug when it’s done is worth the wait!
Easy Spiced Apple Cider
Everything is added to a slow cooker and you can sit back and relax!
The ingredients are simple, wholesome and easy to find.
Recipe Ingredients + Notes
Apple Cider – this ingredient is the perfect starting point for this recipe. More flavors are layered on during the slow cooker process to create a deliciously cozy spiced apple cider.
Pumpkin Puree – this is the special ingredient that really gives depth and fall flavor. Only a small amount of pumpkin is added so the cider does not taste pumpkin’y. Use homemade pumpkin puree or store bought.
Pumpkin Pie Spice – all the great warm spices are combined in this classic spice mix. It’s easy to just add one blend for the perfect end result.
Brown Sugar – the brown sugar both sweetens and deepens the flavor of the added spices.
Cinnamon Sticks – these add the signature cinnamon flavor we know and love in a spiced cider.
Apple – adding a sliced fresh apple brings more apple flavor. Any type apple can be used (I love honeycrisp) and it does not need to be peeled first (rinsed only).
How to Make it – Step-by-Step
This recipe couldn’t be easier! Using a slow cooker allows slow cooking for the flavors to blend without having to monitor it.
STEP 1: Pour the apple cider into the slow cooker. Add the water, pumpkin puree, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice; stir to combine.
STEP 2: Add the cinnamon sticks and sliced apple.
STEP 3: Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on LOW for at least 4 hours.
STEP 4: Stir well and serve!
What is the Best Alcohol to add to Apple Cider?
Crock pot apple cider is a non-alcoholic recipe but that doesn’t mean you can’t ADD alcohol to it when it’s served.
The spices and flavors allow many liquor choices that all make a great warm cocktail.
Rum – rum seems to universally work with fruity flavor.
Whiskey or Bourbon – a classic strong liquor to add warmth and boozy flavor to the hot cider.
Fireball – This easy fiery liqueur is a perfect match with the spiced apple flavors in the pumpkin cider recipe.
Tequila – try cinnamon tequila for a fall twist!
Mixed with wine for a Sangria – Sangria recipes are great for parties, holiday meals or just to have on hand when you want a glass. They are a mix of wine and other liquors (usually an orange liqueur and brandy) with fresh fruit.
Vodka – regular vodka has a neutral flavor so is great to just add alcohol without changing the taste. A flavored vodka like apple vodka, ginger vodka or lemon vodka (which you can make at home) will heighten the fall flavors.
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