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Mulled Apple Cider should be named the official drink of fall. This Crock Pot version is special since it keeps the cider nice and warm when you’re entertaining during the holidays, tailgating or just taking things nice and slow on a chilly day.
When fall arrives, my thoughts turn to the holidays. I love all the traditions that surround Thanksgiving, Christmas and of ringing in a New Year. I also adore all the food and treats that somehow seem a little more special during these times. Mulled cider is one of those treats. A mug of warm cider, sweetened with a bit of brown sugar then spiced up with cinnamon, allspice and cloves is the perfect drink for the season.
Over the years, I’ve made many, many pots of mulled cider. Since I’ve made it so many times, I believe I’ve developed just the right combination of flavors. A subtle mix of sweetness from brown sugar along with warm spices and fresh fruit makes the consummate mug of mulled cider. So that all the flavors of my cider have time to “mull together” I use my Crock Pot. How ingenious is that idea?
All you do is load up the Crock Pot with your ingredients, give it a stir and wait a couple of hours. That’s it. Now, here’s a little secret. There’s an added bonus to making this cider…you house will smell delicious! There will be no way you’ll be able to resist a mugful.
When we’re having folks over for the holidays, I always have my trusty slow cooker full of mulled cider. I place out pretty mugs, extra fruit slices and let everyone serve themselves. I also let the grown-ups make their own version by spiking it with some good Kentucky bourbon. This recipe is great to have on hand for Halloween, while you’re giving out treats, while you’re enjoying football on a Sunday afternoon or while binge watching your favorite show. Actually, there’s so many reasons to make a big batch of mulled cider, but who’s counting? I’m just happy to enjoy it, sip after sip.
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- 1 gallon apple cider
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice
- 5-6 sticks cinnamon
- 1 orange – sliced
- 2 apples – sliced
- Place all ingredients in crock pot. Stir. Place lid on slow cooker and heat on low for 2 hours. Serve.
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Is there an instapot conversion for this recipe?
Hey there Amy!
Thank you so much for your interest in this recipe, I think you’re really going to love this warm fall recipe! Unfortunately, I do not have a conversion for this recipe to be made in the instant pot. The purpose of cooking this cider in a crock pot is to very slowly heat the cider and keep it warm as you’re serving it, since there isn’t a comparable setting on the Instant Pot, I wouldn’t recommend using an instant pot. However, if you don’t have a crock pot you can still enjoy this recipe by making it on the stovetop, simply follow the same directions but place the ingredients into a large pot over a low heat and allow the cider to warm for about 1 to 2 hours. I hope this is helpful, let me know how everything turns out if you give it a try!