Homemade slowcooker hot apple cider recipe
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4.17 from 18 votes

Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Made from fresh apples in a slow-cooker or Instant Pot. Add citrus and cinnamon for a naturally sweet and spicy treat for a winter night!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 gallon
Calories: 79kcal
Author: Katie Wells



  • Wash apples and peel if they aren't organic.
  • Cut into slices and place in slow cooker.
  • Wash orange, cut into 8 slices, and add to slow-cooker.
  • Add spices.
  • Pour water into the slow cooker and turn on low for about 6-8 hours. See notes for 1-hour Instant Pot option! I use my Instant Pot on the slow cooker option since I prefer to make this before bed and have it ready (and the house smelling incredible) for breakfast.
  • Strain out apples, orange, and spices using cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer  and serve.


Serve hot or cold. Keep refrigerated for up to one week if there's any left!
1-Hour Instant Pot Option:
  1. Add all ingredients to pot.
  2. Fill with water to just below max fill line.
  3. Set to 1 hour on high pressure.
  4. Allow natural release and strain.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.9g | Protein: 0.5g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 15.6g