cider hot apple

CrockPot Hot Apple Cider

This is such a great and easy thing to serve up for the holidays. It pairs so well with the rich, comfort meals and cold weather of November and December. To me, a Thanksgiving is incomplete without it.

Add any other spices you love to this delicious mixture which doubles as a way to make your house smell incredible and holiday-ish (yes, it’s a word – now).

You can top it off with a little whipped cream, caramel, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, or just drink it plain.

You can also add alcohol to the mixture for a great cocktail, either in the crock-pot itself (if your company warrants that), or keep it kid-friendly until it hits the glass by adding a shot of your favorite mixer after the fact.

By all accounts, once this is served, it’s officially a party!

cider hot apple

CrockPot Hot Apple Cider

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

I've made this for Thanksgiving day every year since I can remember and it fills the house with the best smells you can imagine. It also tastes great!


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp allspice (whole)
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 orange, cut into slices, optional
  • Whipped cream for topping, optional
  • Cinammon, ground, for topping, optional


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a crockpot and let simmer as long as you wish.
  2. To serve, strain just the liquid into cups (or brew spice ingredients using a tea brewer)
  3. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired.


Size: I buy the gallon sized apple cider and refill the crockpot as needed with it, but note that you will have extra as you don't want your crockpot to overfill.

For a Spiked Cocktail: If you would like to make this an alcoholic version, add your preference of Rum, Bourbon, or Whiskey.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 171Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 15mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 1gSugar 36gProtein 0g

This nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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