Tis the season for mittens, scarves, and warm drinks. Enjoy this recipe for homemade crockpot apple cider after a day of sledding or raking leaves, and taste the sweet and spicy flavors of fall.
It’s time to dust off the Crockpot, get out my favorite North Face Down Vest, and hunt down the perfect sledding hill. As you know, I’m a huge fan of fall and embrace it to the fullest extent. Here in Wyoming, fall is relatively short. We only seem to get about a month of nice cool weather before it turns bitter cold and the trees are barren and bluntly put, ugly. So, September through October I really like to get down in the kitchen with fall festive recipes, like this crockpot apple cider and layered pumpkin cheesecake.
I have always been a fan of Apple Cider, but I grew up with those instant powder mixes that you stir into water. I continued to buy those up until last year. For my personal preference, they are far too sweet. I prefer my apple cider to have a bit of a kick to it with cinnamon and cloves.
Then, this year when Chris’s dad bought his house, he acquired three apple trees and I knew that gallons and gallons of homemade apple cider were on the agenda. This past week I decided to go all in and start making a batch of this stuff every day. I got my chair, climbed on top of it, pulled my favorite crockpot off the top of the refrigerator where its current place of residence is, and began my journey to a season supply of cider.
This stuff is exceptionally delicious, makes my house smell fabulous, and it’s super versatile. If you like a sweeter apple cider, you can add more sugar. If you aren’t a fan of cloves, don’t add them. You can use any variety of apples you have on hand or be very picky with what variety you use. It’s all up to you, and it’s wonderful!
I’ve been using my Crock-Pot Cook Travel Serve 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker to make this recipe. I love this slow cooker more than most of my kitchen appliances (sshh… don’t tell them). My favorite features are the locking lid, cord storage hooks, and the programmable pre-set digital controls. It automatically switches to warm once the time is up, and I can leave food in here for hours after unplugging it still have warm, ready to eat food. It’s been a major upgrade from my first few crockpots that I purchased at yard sales from women who had owned them for probably 20+ years.
However, just about any slow cooker will work for this recipe, as long as it’s at least 6-Quart. You want to get the most liquid possible out of the apples you are going to use.
Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider Recipe
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