‘Tis the season for warm and cozy mugs full of hot drinks and warming spices. Homemade crockpot apple cider is easy to make and is transformed with Oliver Pluff & Co. Wassail Cider Spices. I used all of the cold season spices like cinnamon sticks, allspice, cloves, and star anise in this delicious slow cooked apple cider.
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Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider
Are you ready to get cozy yet? I am for sure! I can never get warm during the cold season (70 year old farmhouse with no insulation)…and hot apple cider really helps. Homemade crockpot apple cider is so easy to make and it will make your house smell amazing while it simmers away in your slow cooker.
Crockpotting um…slow cooking this cider does take time, but very little effort, aside from chopping apples. I use an apple slicer to make that process easy. All of the amazing warming spices go into your crockpot, like cinnamon sticks (fall/winter/holiday hero), allspice, cloves, and star anise. I used dried orange slices, because I make them every year, but a fresh orange is great.
Once it’s all cooked down and you’ve strained everything…the wassail happens, courtesy of Olive Pluff & Co. These wassail cider spices come in a little package, with a cheesecloth bag and simmer just a little longer, meaning you don’t have to stop smelling those spiced smells yet. I bottle this homemade crockpot apple cider in swing top bottles for pretty and easy refrigerator storage. When we are ready we just pour a little in a saucepan and heat it up.
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER WITH WASSAIL SPICES
- Gala Apples: My favorite variety. You will need 11.
- Orange: Either dried orange slices or a whole fresh orange.
- Cinnamon Sticks: Fall, winter, holiday hero.
- Whole Cloves: About 20.
- Whole Allspice: About 20.
- Star Anise: Whole Star Anise.
- Oliver Pluff & Co Wassail Cider Spices: transforms the cider into wassail. Optional but really good.
- Sweetener: optional, I added a little bit of Swerve confectioners (sugar substitute) but you can use sugar if preferred.
HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER APPLE CIDER WASSAIL
- Fill your crockpot with all of the ingredients except the Wassail cider spices.
- Slow Cook on high for 4 hours.
- Strain through a regular strainer into a bowl.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks and place all of the cooked fruit mixture into a cheese cloth or clean kitchen towel (I didn’t have any fancy cheesecloth so I used a kitchen towel). Squeeze out all of the juice. This will take about 10 minutes.
- Strain all of the juice again through a fine mess strainer.
- Return juice to the crockpot with the bag of wassail spices.
- Continue cooking on high for 2 more hours.
HOMEMADE CROCKPOT APPLE CIDER GOES GREAT WITH:
- A good book but also…
- Root beer Apple Crisp with Cardamom – literally the best recipe I have ever made, please try it!
- Crockpot Apple Butter
- Triple Chocolate Zucchini Bread
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11 Gala Apples (more is fine), chopped
1 orange, dried or fresh, sliced
5 cinnamon sticks
20 whole cloves
20 whole allspice
10 cups of water
Oliver Pluff and Co. Wassail Cider Spices
2 Tbsp sweetener of choice ( I used Swerve confectioners)
- Combine: Fill your crockpot with all of the ingredients except the Wassail cider spices.
- Slow Cook: Slow Cook on high for 4 hours.
- Strain: Strain through a regular strainer into a bowl.
- Strain Again: Remove the cinnamon sticks and place all of the cooked fruit mixture into a cheese cloth or clean kitchen towel (I didn’t have any fancy cheesecloth so I used a kitchen towel). Squeeze out all of the juice. This will take about 10 minutes.
- Final Strain: Strain all of the juice again through a fine mess strainer. ***
- Return Juice: Return juice to the crockpot with the bag of wassail spices.
- Continue Slow Cooking: Continue cooking on high for 2 more hours.
***At this point you have homemade crockpot apple cider. Continuing with the wassail spices is optional.
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: North American
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