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slow cooker with cider, spices, and oranges.
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Spiked Slow Cooker Apple Cider

A warm and spiced fall drink, with a kick. This crockpot drink makes the whole house smell amazing and is just about the coziest thing ever.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider with alcohol, hot spiced cider, slow cooker spiked apple cider
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • Slow cooker


  • ½ gallon apple cider
  • 2 oranges sliced thin
  • 2 apples sliced into thin rounds horizonally
  • 2 cinnamon sticks plus additional for garnish
  • cup brown sugar
  • 4 star anise
  • cups spiced rum or other liquor of your choice
  • whipped cream optional, for serving
  • caramel topping optional, for serving


  • Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Place the cider, sugar, fruit, spices, and liquor in the slow cooker. Stir well and cover.
    crockpot with cider and hand adding captain morgans rum
  • Cook. Cook on low heat for 2-3 hours.
  • Serve. Ladle into a warm mug and top with whipped cream and caramel.
    glass of cider plain and with whipped cream


Feel free to use any type of alcohol.  Bourbon or apple brandy are both good choices. 
To get the pretty star pattern in the apples, slice them through their "equator".


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg