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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 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
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


  • Place the cider, sugar, fruit, spices, and liquor in the slow cooker. Stir well and cover.
  • Cook on low heat for 2-3 hours.
  • Ladle into a warm mug and top with whipped cream and caramel.


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