Warm Spiced Apple Cider (Slow Cooker)
This Warm Spiced Apple Cider will warm you up this holiday season! It’s made in your slow cooker, makes your house divinely fragrant, and tastes absolutely amazing!
This post has been sponsored by Wholesome. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When it comes to the holiday season, we are absolutely in love with all things celebrations and traditions in our household. As the Mr. and I teamed up to complete the final steps of straining this Warm Spiced Apple Cider while listening to Christmas music, we realised just how delightful of a tradition it would be. The spices. The fragrant aroma throughout the house. That feeling of the warmth hitting just the right spot as you take a sip. Every part of this spiced apple cider experience was exactly right, and one we had to share with you guys. It was love at first sip, for sure.
Friends, there’s truly something magical about the holiday season. Okay, I know I begin listening to Christmas music before Halloween. Regardless, when the holiday spirit hits you, it’s the most delightful feeling ever. The Mr. and I have been establishing our own family holiday traditions that we want to do every year. So far they also include:
- making several homemade batches of eggnog
- travelling for Thanksgiving
- decorating our home from head to toe and outside
- an extravagant decorating of my parents’ home (I basically grew up in Santa’s gorgeous workshop, so, can you blame my love of Christmas?)
- watching his and my favourite Christmas movies
- baking my signature Christmas cookies
- sharing a drink under our tree on Christmas Eve
We are always looking to add new, easy traditions, and making this Warm Spiced Apple Cider has officially made our list. This was our first time making spiced apple cider at home, and friends, this experience is something everyone should do. The house is filled with the amazing aroma of the various holiday spices and that sweet apple scent that brought us to the memories of family and togetherness. The distinct apple taste is only made better by the addition and sweetening of the cider with the amazingly clean sweet taste of Wholesome Organic Honey to sweeten this spiced apple cider.
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We always load up on honey especially during the holiday season since it happens to also be cold and flu season. No one wants that. I love that this spiced cider not only tastes divine for kids and adults but also ends up providing protection for cold and flu season, keeping us all safe and sound. Win, win. Their recipe page also has lots of great recipes that incorporate the honey that you buy in the best way. You can even use this coupon code to save up to a $1 off your Wholesome purchase, available November 17!
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So, the steps for this cider. It is such an easy and fun recipe to make and really brings the whole family together to make it. It starts really easily – by chopping up your apples, your orange, and adding in your spices to your slow cooker. You can easily rough chop this since you’ll be straining it, so it can take as little as 8 minutes (that’s what it took me) to chop and have it in the slow cooker. I would definitely PEEL the orange, since the rind can make your cider bitter. We gave it a try both ways and it was even better sans orange peel. Easy, peasy.
Add the water, and stir and set the lid on. I slow cooked mine on high for 4 hours, but I can totally see this going for 7-8 amazing hours just making your house smell divinely fragrant the whole time. Ugh, so heavenly. Every time I came into the kitchen I said “omg, what’s that?!” in delight then remembered that this was going in the slow cooker. Anyway, an hour before it’s going to be finished, just mash all the fruits with a potato masher. They should be soooo soft, and this really brings out the smell and all that flavour.
I love to sweeten it at this point because the Wholesome Organic Honey sweetener really adds depth to the flavours. I love that you can decide how sweet or spiced you want your spiced apple cider. We love it on the sweeter side, but also used a lot of Granny Smith apples in our cider, which are more tart. If you end up using mainly red apples, taste test until it’s the sweetness that you want. It’ll be amazing either way. You can easily pick up the honey online by checking out their online store.
Then comes the straining. Using a cheesecloth is the best method, but if you don’t have one on deck, you can double strain your product. Done, and done. It’s time to cozy up and enjoy this.
Several “samples” later and oohs and ahhs we declared this a true winner. Try this beauty this holiday season and add it to your holiday traditions. I know it’ll bring you and your family real joy. Enjoy, friends!
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Warm Spiced Apple Cider (Slow Cooker)
- 10 apples, I used a mix of gala, honey crisp and Granny Smith
- 1 orange, sliced and peel removed
- ½ tablespoon whole cloves
- 1 whole nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon pimento seeds/whole all spice
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 10 cups of filtered water
- ½ cup maple syrup , or Agave Nectar
- Roughly chop the apples, and cut the orange (peel removed) into quarters. Add to your slow cooker along with all the spices and the filtered water. Stir to combine and turn your slow cooker on for 7-8 hours on low heat or 4 hours on high heat.
- One hour before your spiced apple cider is ready, using a potato masher, mash all of the fruits. They should be very soft and easy to mash. Mash until all the fruits are mashed. Add the maple syrup at this point. If you like it barely sweet, you can add the ½ cup. If you like it on the sweeter side, but not overly sweet, you can add ¾ cup. You can always add more later after it's finished and you've tasted it, so you can start with less.
- Allow the cider to cook for the last hour, and then strain. We like to double strain it (strain once, then repeat the process) using a fine meshed sieve, and you can also use a cheesecloth for added precision.
- Serve warm and enjoy! You can freeze this recipe for several months to enjoy all winter long.
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