Baby is it cold outside! Warming up is a necessity this time of year and my Crock Pot Apple Cider is easy to make, fun to serve and deliciously warm to drink. I am not a huge fan of apple cider and I drink this recipe likes it is water! Not only will your home smell AMAZING, but your taste buds will dance with the happy of flavors that are slow cooked together to bring out the best of them!
- For the crock pot
- 8 - 9 large apples, or 10- 11 small ones, assorted
- 1 large orange
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- 2 tspn nutmeg
- 2 tspn whole cloves
- 2 tspn allspice
- water to fill the crock pot
- brown sugar, honey or sweetener of choice to taste (you can add ¼ brown sugar to your pitcher before serving)
- For Serving
- apples to core out, about 12 -15 per pitcher
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp butter
- dash of cinnamon
- cinnamon sticks
- whole cloves
- Spray the inside of your crock pot with a non stick spray to make clean up easier. Chop apples and the orange, seeds, stems and all, and toss them in the crock pot. Add orange, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Fill with water to an inch before the top. Cook on high 4 hours or low 6-8 hours. About an hour before finishing, add brown sugar or other sweetener to mixture. Using a potato masher, mash the mixture in the crock pot. Once completely mashed, pour entire crock pot through a strainer into a pitcher that can withstand the heat of the liquid. You can add sweetener to taste in the pitcher as well.
- Meanwhile, core your apples leaving at least ¼ - ½" inch of core at the bottom so they don't leak. Melt butter and brown sugar in microwave. Brush mixture around the rim and bake in a 350 degree oven for just a few minutes to melt. Pull out and add apple cider to the apple. Add a whole cinnamon stick and a few whole cloves and enjoy!
Now listen, you will be very popular when you serve these to guests so be ready to be swooned over. The best part is that after the Apple Cider is gone, you can cut up and eat the warm, sweet apple!
Be sure not to core out too much at the bottom as they will leak if you do. You can make the sides fairly slim but the bottom needs to have a 1/4′ to 1/2′ base to hold the warm liquid.
You can sweeten this any way you want. The apple that is slightly baked in the brown sugar and butter will sweeten the Apple Cider a little as well so you may want to add your honey or other sweetener after tasting it in the apple.
This warm and fun favorite is amazing for holiday time! Whether it is movie night or a holiday party, you will impress with these!
Get more fun apple recipes from this amazing Apple Cookbook!
Make some Apple Filled Cupcakes to go with it too!