Hello fall! Nothing says autumn like the smell and taste of comforting warm apple cider. Did you know that it is super simple to make a big batch yourself at home in the crock pot?
Try it out this year and enjoy a special treat to kick off the season. As an added plus–your house will smell amazing all day long 🙂
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 orange
- 10 medium apples (Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or a variety)
- 3 cinnamon sticks (or 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon)
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves
- granulated sugar
- Slow cooker
- Fine mesh sieve
- Peel the orange and place the segments in the slow cooker.
- Wash the apples, cut into quarters, and place in the slow cooker.
- Add the cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, and sugar (to taste–go slowly).
- Add enough water to cover the fruit.
- Cook on low heat for 6-7 hours. (Or high heat for 3.)
- After 6-7 hours, the fruit will be very soft. Use a large spoon to mash the fruit and release its liquids. Allow the cider to cook on low for 1 more hour.
- Very slowly strain the chunky liquid though a fine mesh sieve into a large pot or pitcher. You can discard the solids. Strain the cider one more time to rid any other solids.
Serve the cider warm. Leftover cider keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days. Warm up on the stove before serving– or drink it cold!