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How to Make Pumpkin Cider Recipe (Crock Pot Slow Cooker or Stove Top)

13 October

How to make pumpkin cider.  This delicious drink a fun twist on classic apple cider.  It tastes like both pumpkins and apples for an intense fall flavor.  This is the perfect drink for parties, and you can make pumpkin cider non alcoholic or with alcohol for the adults.





How to Make Pumpkin Cider


Pumpkin spice or apple cider?


Now you don't have to choose.  You can use both pumpkin and apple in this pumpkin spice cider.  Pumpkin apple cider is like apple cider, but it kicks it up a notch with extra spices and pumpkin puree.


I like to make the best pumpkin cider in a slow cooker.  However, you can also make it on the stove.  


The stove top version is much quicker, but I think making a pumpkin cider recipe in a slow cooker gives the fall drink a more complex flavor.


For more fall drink ideas, check out these posts:


  


Is Pumpkin Cider a Thing?


Yes, pumpkin apple cider is most definitely a thing!  It's not as popular as apple cider, but it's definitely a delicious fall drink idea for a crowd.


It has real pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and apple cider.  It really don't get more fall than that.


Pumpkin Puree for Pumpkin Apple Cider


Make sure you use real pumpkin puree when you make pumpkin pie cider.  Don't use pie filling because it has extra spices.


I make my own Instant Pot pumpkin puree.  I used to dislike processing my pumpkins, but it's so much easier with the pressure cooker.  


Homemade pumpkin puree has more water than canned pumpkin puree.  It is fine to make a pumpkin cider recipe because it's a drink and shouldn't be too thick anyway.





How to Make Spiked Pumpkin Cider


To make a spiked pumpkin spice cider, you simply add your choice of alcohol after you cook the recipe in the slow cooker or on the stove.  


I recommend adding about 1 cup of alcohol to this pumpkin cider recipe.  You can add less if you want to.  You can also make the pumpkin cider non alcoholic and add 1/2 to 1 ounce per cup.


Try using one of the following for spiked pumpkin apple cider:


  • Rum
  • Bourbon
  • Vodka (vanilla or caramel flavors would be good)
  • Tequila

Pumpkin Pie Cider Variations


Try one of the following variations when you make your pumpkin pie cider:


 


Pumpkin Apple Cider Ingredients


To make the best pumpkin cider, you will need:



How to Make Pumpkin Cider in Crock Pot Slow Cooker


Here's how to make the best pumpkin cider in a slow cooker:


  • Place the pumpkin puree and apple cider in a slow cooker and mix well.
  • Add the orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice, and star anise.  Stir again.
  • Cook on low with the lid off for 2 to 3 hours. 
  • Reduce heat to warm for serving.  It can be kept warm for several hours.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.


How to Make Pumpkin Pie Cider on Stove


Here's how to make pumpkin spice cider on the stove:


  • Place the pumpkin puree and apple cider in a large pot.  Stir well.  
  • Add the orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice, and star anise.  
  • Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.  Stir every few minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool until it's safe to drink.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge.

  

How to Store Pumpkin Spice Cider


You can store leftovers from this pumpkin cider recipe in the fridge for up to two weeks.  If you opened a gallon of apple cider before making this pumpkin spice cider, then only store it for up to two weeks after you opened it originally.


You can also freeze pumpkin spice cider.  You can make a big batch at Halloween, freeze the leftovers, and enjoy it for Thanksgiving.


Use freezer containers and leave about an inch of head space for expansion.


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Pumpkin Apple Cider

Pumpkin Apple Cider

Yield
10
Author
Cari @ Koti Beth
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
2 Hour
Total time
2 H & 5 M

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • star anise (optional)

Instructions

Pumpkin Apple Cider in Slow Cooker
  1. Place the pumpkin puree and apple cider in a slow cooker and mix well.
  2. Add the orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice, and star anise. Stir again.
  3. Cook on low with the lid off for 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Reduce heat to warm for serving. It can be kept warm for several hours.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.
Pumpkin Apple Cider on Stove
  1. Place the pumpkin puree and apple cider in a large pot. Stir well.
  2. Add the orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice, and star anise.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir every few minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool until it's safe to drink.
  6. Store leftovers in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

116.10

Fat (grams)

0.44

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.13

Carbs (grams)

28.48

Fiber (grams)

2.29

Net carbs

26.19

Sugar (grams)

21.91

Protein (grams)

0.89

Sodium (milligrams)

10.65

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.

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