Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider

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Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider is the perfect party drink recipe. It is warm, comforting and amazing for fall and winter holiday functions. Make Thanksgiving or your Christmas dinner extra special with this spicy mulled cider.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider

Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider is the perfect party drink recipe. It is warm, comforting and amazing for fall and winter holiday functions. Make Thanksgiving or your Christmas dinner extra special with this spicy mulled cider.

Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider in a clear glass with a cinnamon stick.

This Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider will become your signature holiday drink. It is a wonderful way to serve multiple people an amazing cocktail that is seasonal and special.

Looking for even more great holiday fare, check my list of wonderful holiday recipes.


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What We Love About This Crock Pot Apple Cider Recipe

What is a mulled cider? Is a warm drink with addition of sugar and spices. It usually is served around the fall and winter months on a chilly day.

  • 5 Minute Prep: It takes minutes and then the whole house will fill with the intoxicating aroma of spices and fruit.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Wonderful for the children or make a boozy version for adults.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with almost any fruits you have on hand.
Top shot of the drink.

Ingredient Notes for Mulled Apple Cider Recipe

  • Apple Cider: One gallon of cider. Take a trip to your local cider mill or find some at the grocery store. Not apple juice.
  • Orange: Cut into slices.
  • Whole Cloves: Find these in the spices section of the store.
  • Cinnamon sticks: Three or four depending on the level of cinnamon flavor that you wish.
  • Star anise pods: Five or six of the pods for this apple cider recipe.
  • Fresh Nutmeg: Grate the pods fresh.
Ingredients for the mulled cider.

Equipment Needed for Spiked Mulled Cider

How to Make Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider

These are the basic steps for making apple cider mulled recipe. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: PREP

First, slice orange into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and then stud each orange slice with 5-6 cloves each. 

STEP FILL

Next, place all ingredients in a large slow cooker

STEP 3: SIMMER

Set to low, put on the lid and allow to simmer.  Finally, serve warm in mugs.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Hot Apple Cider Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

That is the beauty of this recipe, you can make this in advance and keep it cooking on low all day to keep it warm. The prep time is minimal.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store the leftover cider in an airtight container or glass bottle. It will last up to three days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Apple Cider can be frozen for up to three months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Warm the apple cider mulled recipe on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE DIFFERENTLY?

Try using sliced apples like granny smith, gala or golden delicious or tart apples work.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT SPICES?

Of course, you can use fresh ginger or other spices in this toddy.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, you can make as much or as little of this recipe as you like.

CAN YOU USE DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF APPLE CIDER?

Yes, try a great cranberry apple cider or other versions that your local cider mill might have.

Side view of the cider.

Expert Tips for Making This Crockpot Apple Cider Recipe

  • Add Spirits: Rum, whiskey, brandy or bourbon can add a great addition to this punch.
  • Strain: Strain out with a fine-mesh strainer, or cheesecloth to strain out the spices.
  • Sweetener: A sweetener of choice will add great flavor, try things such as honey, maple syrup to add sweetness to the liquid.
  • Alternate ingredient: Top with butter to add a little cream to the drink.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Need it quick? You can cook in the instant pot.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Low sugar fruits such as whole cranberries are great in this recipe, also use a sugar substitute to add as sweetener.

What to Serve with Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider

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Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider

Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider

Yield: 16 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Mulled Crock Pot Apple Cider is the perfect party drink recipe. It is warm, comforting and amazing for fall and winter holiday functions. Make Thanksgiving or your Christmas dinner extra special with this spicy mulled cider.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Slice orange into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Stud each orange slice with 5-6 cloves each.
  • Place all ingredients in a large slow cooker.
  • Set to low and allow to simmer. Serve warm in mugs.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Spirits: Rum, whiskey, brandy or bourbon can add a great addition to this punch.
  • Strain: Strain out with a fine-mesh strainer, or cheesecloth to strain out the spices.
  • Sweetener: A sweetener of choice will add great flavor, try things such as honey, maple syrup to add sweetness to the liquid.
  • Alternate ingredient: Top with butter to add a little cream to the drink.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Need it quick? You can cook in the instant pot.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Low sugar fruits such as whole cranberries are great in this recipe, also use a sugar substitute to add as sweetener.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday

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