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Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe Crock Pot or Stove

17 August

This easy hot apple cider recipe can be made on the stove or in a Crock Pot or slow cooker.  It's easy to make and perfect for a crowd.


Everyone is eagerly awaiting the return of the pumpkin spice latte, but I'm over here wondering if it's too early to have an apple cider recipe drink.


I love me a good PSL just as much as the next basic girl, but I prefer a warm apple cider drink.  We have a lot of bonfires on cool autumn evenings, and there's just something about sitting around the fire in a hoodie sipping on hot cider.


How to make an easy hot apple cider with spices. Make this spiced cider from scratch with the stove or a crockpot or slow cooker. This is the best warm drink for fall! Serve this homemade recipe for mulled apple cider instead of punch at a party.  DIY easy drinks for a crowd or just for one.  Store leftovers in the fridge for a week. #applecider #fall #drink #apples

This easy apple cider recipe is easy to scale up, so you can make it for a crowd or just for yourself.  Store leftovers in the fridge to enjoy for a few days.


I love using my slow cooker, so I use that if I'm making this for a crowd.  You can also use the stove if you're in a hurry.


The nice thing about the slow cooker is that you can this hours before you want it.  If you're in party prep mode, that's a big time saver as it gets close to party time.


Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe in the Crock Pot or Stove



What is the Difference Between Apple Juice and Apple Cider?


You can make this easy hot apple cider recipe with either apple juice or apple cider.  It's personal preference.


Apple juice and apple cider are basically the same thing.  The difference is that the juice has been filtered to remove pulp and other coarse particles.  Cider is therefore thicker, and I think it has a richer flavor to use in warm apple cider.



Personally, I like a hot cider best with apple cider.  Apple juice is rather thin, and the cider has a more complex flavor.


I've even mixed them and used half of each to make this easy apple cider recipe because I wanted to make more than I had enough cider for.  That tasted really good, too.


Is Apple Cider Better Hot or Cold?


It's personal preference.  I like it either hot or cold.  When we have parties, I serve it both ways.  The kids usually like it cold, but the adults like hot cider.  


Can You Just Warm Up Apple Cider?


Yes, technically you could just warm up apple cider straight from the jug.  However, this slow cooker apple cider has a deeper flavor because it's mixed with spices.


How Do You Warm Up Apple Cider: Slow Cooker or Stove?


I've made this easy apple cider recipe both ways, and I prefer the slow cooker.  The stove is quicker, but the slow cooker brings out more of the flavor in the spices.


If you do use the stove, I recommend letting it simmer for at least 15 minutes for the best flavor.


You can also use the stove top to start this and then transfer it to the slow cooker to keep it warm.
If you're looking for a grown up drink using a slow cooker, try my simple mulled wine recipe in the slow cooker or this apple cider mimosa recipe.


Try my easy slow cooker hot chocolate recipe.


Apple Cider Recipe Sweetener


I don't add any sweetener to my easy hot apple cider recipe.  I find the apple juice and cider plenty sweet.

If you would like yours sweeter, add some brown sugar or maple syrup to taste.


Easy Apple Cider Garnishes


If it's just my family or a bonfire night, I just strain out the spice and serve.  If you want to get fancy, garnish with some cinnamon sticks or orange slices.


How Long Does Homemade Apple Cider Last?


This easy apple cider recipe will last about two weeks in the fridge.  After that, it will start to ferment.


How to make an easy hot apple cider with spices. Make this spiced cider from scratch with the stove or a crockpot or slow cooker. This is the best warm drink for fall! Serve this homemade recipe for mulled apple cider instead of punch at a party.  DIY easy drinks for a crowd or just for one.  Store leftovers in the fridge for a week. #applecider #fall #drink #apples

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Ingredients




    Best Apple Cider Recipe Slow Cooker Directions


    Step #1


    Combine all of the ingredients except the cinnamon sticks for garnish in a large saucepan or in a slow cooker.


    Step #2


    If using the stove, heat for 5 minutes over medium heat.   You can reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes for more flavor.  Strain out the spices and serve immediately.


    If making apple cider recipe slow cooker, let cook for 2-3 hours on low.  Strain out the spices and serve immediately or turn to warm and let sit.  


    How to make an easy hot apple cider with spices. Make this spiced cider from scratch with the stove or a crockpot or slow cooker. This is the best warm drink for fall! Serve this homemade recipe for mulled apple cider instead of punch at a party.  DIY easy drinks for a crowd or just for one.  Store leftovers in the fridge for a week. #applecider #fall #drink #apples










    Either way you make this warm apple cider, you can store leftovers in the fridge up to two weeks.


    It's pretty much a law that you have to drink your easy hot apple cider from a cute mug.  Here are some of my favorites from Etsy.
    I hope you enjoy this easy hot apple cider in the Crock Pot or on the stove!
    apple cider, fall, slow cooker
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    American
    Yield: 8
    Author: Cari @ Koti Beth
    Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe

    Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe

    Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 10 M
    This easy hot apple cider can be made on the stove or in a slow cooker.

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Combine all of the ingredients except the cinnamon sticks for garnish in a large saucepan or in a slow cooker.
    2. If using the stove, heat for 5 minutes over medium heat. You can reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes for more flavor. Strain out the spices and serve immediately.
    3. If using a slow cooker, let cook for 2-3 hours on low. Strain out the spices and serve immediately or turn to warm and let sit.

    Notes:

    Store leftovers in the fridge up to a week.

    Calories

    140.96

    Fat (grams)

    0.43

    Sat. Fat (grams)

    0.08

    Carbs (grams)

    34.91

    Fiber (grams)

    1.67

    Net carbs

    33.25

    Sugar (grams)

    28.36

    Protein (grams)

    0.51

    Sodium (milligrams)

    11.73

    Cholesterol (grams)

    0.00
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    Cari Dunn
    Cari Dunn

    Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.