With Halloween and holiday season right around the corner, this slow cooker spiced apple cider recipe will fill your house with smells of the season!

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider


  • 1 gallon fresh apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 (1 1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
    8 whole allspice berries (optional)
  • pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • Orange slices, for serving (optional)


  1. Pour 1 gallon apple cider or unfiltered juice into a 5-quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Cut one orange into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Cut ginger crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Add to the slow cooker.
  3. Add cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and optional spices. If you would like to make serving easier, place the cloves and spices in a tea ball first, or place in a double layer of cheesecloth or paper coffee filter, gather it up into a sachet, and tie closed with kitchen twine.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on low. 
  5. If there are clumps of spices floating at the top that you wish to remove, strain the cider through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a large pot.  Keep warm and serve in mugs garnished with more orange slices if desired.

Storage: Leftover cider can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Stovetop directions: This recipe is designed for the slow cooker, but you can also simmer the cider covered over low heat on the stovetop for about 1 hour.

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