When the cool weather hits, it’s time to break out the slow cooker to make a pot of comforting mulled apple cider. Brew a batch for home, or double it to keep everyone warm at weekend sporting events. The “twist” with this mulled apple cider recipe is the addition of five-spice powder, rather than classic pumpkin pie spices. It adds a little something special to an already great tasting combination.

Slow cooker mulled apple cider

Slow cooker mulled apple cider

One of the best things about this delicious recipe is the warm and wonderful aroma that fills your home every time you make it. It’s a great way to welcome your family home after a long day or to create a cozy atmosphere on a chilly fall or winter weekend afternoon. For added ambience at your next gathering or get-together, whip up a batch to have quietly simmering in the background – your guests will thank you!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours – 7 hours
Serves: 6-8 mugs. Can be easily be doubled for a gallon of cider.

Slow cooker mulled apple cider

Slow cooker mulled apple cider

Slow Cooker Mulled Apple Cider Ingredients

½ gallon fresh apple cider

1 medium orange, sliced

½ cup fresh orange juice

3 whole cinnamon sticks

10 whole cloves

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons five-spice powder

Slow Cooker Mulled Apple Cider Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 to let all of the flavors meld. When finished, remove and discard cinnamon sticks, cloves, and cooked orange slices.
  3. Ladle warm cider into large mugs and garnish with additional orange slices and fresh cinnamon sticks, if desired.