Fall is settling into Wisconsin. Homemade apple cider is the standard in warm, fragrant fall drinks. We had apples left over from making green juice, so I decided to make cider in the crock-pot. A dozen sliced apples, one peeled orange, and a handful of spices are the simple ingredients in homemade apple cider.
Apples are naturally sweet so there is no need for added sugar. Orange peels can turn your cider bitter, so I peeled that guy. Cloves, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg round out the flavors in the cider and I think it is the perfect mix! I cook my cider on high for 4 1/2 hours, turn off the crock-pot for 1 1/2 hours and then strain the cider with cheese cloth. It couldn’t be easier to create your own apple cider and your house will smell amazing while it cooks!
- 12 mixed Apples, washed & sliced (I used Red Delicious & Honeycrisp)
- 1 Orange, peeled and sectioned
- 1 Tbsp ground Cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground Nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground Ginger
- 1 tsp ground Allspice
- 2 tsp whole Cloves
- 1/2 gallon Distilled Water
- Wash & slice the apples and peel the orange
- Place the fruit and spices in the crock-pot and cover with water
- Cover & turn on high for 4 1/2 hours
- Turn crock-pot off & let cool for 1-2 hours
- Strain mixture
- Serve or Refrigerate
Apple Cider is delicious hot or cold! It is great for a sore throat and has the perfect blend of spices for an anytime treat. I leave mine pretty basic but you could add vanilla, caramel, maple syrup or honey for added sweetness. The gorgeous smell that fills the house makes the cider worth the wait and the end product is soothing, bright, and refreshing!