Slow cooker caramel apple cider

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider is a fun and easy holiday drink the whole family will love!
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Unit: cup, medium, teaspoon, whole
Servings: 8
Calories: 128 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen

When the weather turns cooler, one of my favorite things to make for a family gathering is slow cooker apple cider. This year, I thought it would be fun to mix it up and make slow cooker caramel apple cider. It was a huge hit and the perfect treat on a crisp fall day
• 5 medium apples (I used red and green)
• 1 whole orange
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1 whole clove
• 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
• 8 cups water
• 1/3 cup light brown sugar
• 1/3 cup Homemade Caramel Sauce or store-bought
1. Wash apples and orange. Chop apples into quarters (you can leave the stems/seeds etc.) Add them to the slow cooker along with the whole orange.
2. Add water, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, clove and allspice. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for for 3-4 hours. (If you notice the orange spit open at any point during cooking, remove it from the pot so it doesn’t make the cider bitter. This has never happened to me, but it can happen.)
3. One hour before the mixture is done cooking, mash the apples with a potato masher. Replace lid and continue cooking 1 more hour.
4. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain the contents into a large heat-proof pitcher.
5. Stir in brown sugar and caramel sauce and stir to dissolve. Serve warm with fresh whipped cream and caramel sauce drizzled on top.
6. Refrigerate leftovers for 5-6 days. Rewarm to serve.

• 8 cups apple cider or juice
• 1 cup caramel flavoring syrup
• 1/4 cup lemon juice
• 1 vanilla bean
• 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
• 1 tablespoon whole allspice
• Whipped cream, hot caramel ice cream topping and cinnamon sticks, optional
• In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the apple cider, caramel syrup and lemon juice. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds; add seeds to cider mixture. Place the bean, cinnamon sticks and allspice on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add to cider mixture.
• Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Discard spice bag. Pour cider into mugs; garnish with whipped cream, caramel topping and additional cinnamon sticks if desired.
Editor’s Note
This recipe was tested with Torani brand flavoring syrup. Look for it in the coffee section.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup (calculated without garnishes): 134 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 17mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider with a homemade caramel sauce is a fun and easy holiday drink the whole family will love!
I say YES, yes, yes to all slow cooker recipes! It’s my favorite kitchen appliance this time of year ?? Some of my favorite Slow Cooker recipes include:
If you’ve ever made homemade apple cider, or hot wassail, you know it’s worth it just for how amazing it makes your house smell! That sweet apple cinnamon smell is enough to make anyones mouth water.
I’ve made slow cooker apple cider before, but this time I wanted to make it into Caramel Apple Cider. Have you ever had Starbuck’s Caramel Apple Cider? It’s amazing, and that’s what inspired this recipe. A warm, sweet, caramel-y cider drink topped with fresh whipped cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. This recipe is spot-on and couldn’t be easier to make from home!
Serves 12
12 cups of apple juice – I bought a gallon and had a little leftover
6 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup of good quality jarred caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling
Whipped cream

Heat apple juice and cinnamon sticks in the slow cooker for about 4 hours on high. Let the cinnamon sticks soften and uncurl. Before serving, stir in 1/2 cup of caramel sauce and serve in heat proof cups. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel.
Recipe note: I use a 5 quart slow cooker
When the apple juice is very hot, the caramel may start to seperate. That’s ok, just give it a stir and it is perfect again. The really great thing about making this in the slow cooker is the amazing smell that fills your home. I hope you and your family enjoy!
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider pairs perfectly with my Snickerdoodles recipe:
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