clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
3 jars of slow cooker apple cider with fresh apples and cinnamon sticks

Slow Cooker Apple Cider

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

5 from 1 review

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: Half Gallon


Slow Cooker Apple Cider is a fun recipe that is just perfect for your next get-together. I love this apple cider recipe because you start with fresh, whole, beautiful apples and turn them into apple cider. It’s not mixing juices together, this is the real deal. Ok, it’s the slow cooker version of the real deal.


  • 1012 medium apples, assorted types (I used a mixture of all kinds of apples)
  • 1 orange, optional
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1014 cups water
  • 1/32/3 cup brown sugar (or your sweetener of choice, see notes)


  1. Wash the apples and orange and roughly cut them into quarters, no need to remove seeds or stems. Place the cut fruit and spices in the bowl of your slow cooker. Add water until it’s about an inch from the top of the bowl. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  2. When you have an hour left in the cooking process, use a potato masher or a large spoon to crush and mash the apples and then let them continue to cook.
  3. After 4 hour strain the cider to remove all of the fruit. I strained it through my normal pasta colander and then again through cheesecloth to make sure it was all cider and no chunks.
  4. Give your slow cooker bowl a quick rinse to remove any extra pieces of fruit or spices and then return the strained cider to the bowl. Heat on low heat and add sweetener of your choosing, such as brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste, stirring well to combine. Serve warm with additional orange slices and cinnamon sticks as a garnish.


This makes a little more than a half gallon of cider.

I liked a mix of mostly brown sugar and a bit of pure maple syrup for sweetening the cider. You can use brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, or a mixture of those to sweeten it.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 198
  • Sugar: 35.8g
  • Sodium: 6.5mg
  • Fat: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.7g
  • Protein: 1.4g