Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Warm up on a cold day with a delicious cup of Hot Spiced Apple Cider! This easy recipe simmers in your slow cooker and great to enjoy all season long!


One of the many things I love about this time of year is Hot Spiced Apple Cider. After spending hours outside on a chilly day playing with the kids, racking leaves or picking up sticks nothing beats coming indoors to a hot cup of cider. If you were to ask my son he’d tell you this is his favorite! He’s so cute and he loves this Hot Spiced Apple Cider.

What I love about this recipe is it’s super easy thanks to a slow cooker. Just add everything to your slow cooker crank the heat up to high for about an hour then reduce the heat to low or warm and let it simmer for a few hours longer. The longer it simmers the better! This no fuss Hot Spiced Apple Cider is also perfect for any of your holiday gatherings too. Just set your slow cooker on your kitchen island or buffet table with a ladle and some cinnamon sticks for garnish and let your guests enjoy! It’s effortless and everyone loves it!



If you don’t have a slow cooker, no worries! You can use a pot on the stove. It’s actually how I first created this recipe was using just a pot. Then I found myself making it all the time so I changed the recipe so I could just keep it in the slow cooker without worrying about it. If you use a pot on the stove just follow the directions except just bring it to a simmer and let it simmer for a few hours. Again the longer it simmers the better!

Don’t you wish you had a warm cup of this now?

What’s great about this recipe is you can easily double it if you’re making it for a crowd. And if you have any leftover just pour it into a container or mason jar along with the cloves, fruit and cinnamon sticks and pop it in the refrigerator. When you’re craving another glass just heat it up!

I like to stick the cloves in the sliced apples so I don’t have a lot of cloves floating around. Of course a few may fall out but by sticking the cloves in the fruit prevents them too many from floating around and makes it look so pretty!



  • 1/2 gallon of apple cider
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves
  • 2-3 clementines (or 1 large orange)
  • 1 apple
  • ground allspice
  • slow cooker
  • mugs for serving
  • ladle
  • fresh whole cranberries for garnish – totally optional but looks so pretty!

If you don’t have a slow cooker, no worries! You can make this on the stove as well. Just place all the ingredients in a large pot and simmer. I just prefer using a slow cooker so I don’t have to worry about it and it will stay nice and warm all day long!

I love these mugs that are pictured below to serve this Hot Spiced Apple Cider in and guess what, you can find them at Dollar Tree! I’ve searched around all over the place even on Amazon and they have them but they’re obviously not a dollar each. So if you like these mugs check out your local Dollar Tree!

If you want to make this for Thanksgiving or any holiday gathering and your hosting a lot of people simply double the recipe. This recipe makes enough for my family of 4 to enjoy a few cups each. If I was hosting more people I would use 1 gallon apple cider, 3 clementines, 1 large apple, 2 teaspoons whole cloves, 1 teaspoon ground allspice.

I use clementines because I ALWAYS have them on hand with my kids. They eat them like candy so I usually use them but you can use a large navel orange as well.


Hot Spiced Apple Cider


  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 apple (sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 23 clementines (sliced, or 1 large orange)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (plus additional for garnish)
  • 1 handful whole fresh cranberries (for garnish)


  1. Pour apple cider into slow cooker
  2. Stir in allspice.
  3. Stick cloves in apple slices and place in slow cooker along with remaining ingredients.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 1½ hours. Reduce to warm or medium to simmer for 1 hour more. The longer it simmers the better.
  5. Keep warm for serving.
  6. Garnish with whole cranberries before serving if desired. This is totally optional but makes it looks festive and pretty!


To make for a crowd simply double the recipe to 1 gallon apple cider, 3-4 clementines, 1 large or 2 apples, 2 teaspoons whole cloves, 1 teaspoon ground allspice and 6-7 cinnamon sticks.

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