Crock pot mulled apple cider is warm, cozy, and the perfect drink to serve for any fall or winter party. It takes only a few minutes to throw together – then sit back and let your slow cooker do all the work!
If there’s one thing I can’t get enough of during the fall (and winter!) it’s apple cider. Steaming hot mugs of apple cider. With an apple cider donut on the side. Yes, please!
Crock Pot Mulled Cider is the perfect drink to serve for any gathering – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas & Holiday parties, or game day! It easily feeds a crowd, and you can cut the recipe in half if you don’t need to feed quite that many people. Plus, we all just want an excuse to use those cute little cinnamon sticks and star anise buds, right??
You can dress this up a bit by adding some caramel sauce (this is the recipe I use and love!) or some apple brandy. Or both!
So, throw this in your crock pot, pull up a comfy chair, and relax! I just want to sip a steaming mug of apple cider and watch the leaves fall for the rest of the day. Let’s all agree to do that, ok? Ok.
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Crock Pot Mulled Apple Cider
Crock Pot Mulled Apple Cider is the perfect drink for any party. Just throw your ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do the work!
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 1 large orange
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 3 pieces star anise
- 1/4 cup brandy apple brandy is delish!
- 1/3 cup caramel sauce
Pour the apple cider into your slow cooker/crock pot. Slice your orange and add the orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and star anise to to the crock pot. (Add caramel sauce and/or brandy here, if using.) Heat on low for 2 hours, then switch to the "warm" setting.
Serve + Store: Serve warm! To store, discard orange slices, cinnamon sticks and star anise and store leftovers (covered) in the fridge for 2-3 days.
NOTE: If using caramel sauce, warm it up in the microwave a bit first - you don't want to add it to the crockpot as a solid chunk of caramel - it should be pourable.
NOTE: While the cider heats, the caramel will separate from the cider a bit, just stir or whisk it back in occasionally.
NOTE: Make sure to use fresh apple cider or unfiltered apple juice for the best results. Don't use sparkling cider, spiced cider, hard cider.
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