This warm apple cider is my go to recipe for cooler fall and winter gatherings. It works for the kids. They love a cozy mug of this cinnamon and star anise scented warm cider. The adults love it too…with an optional splash of a favorite bourbon or a seasoned rum. There really is nothing better on a cold day than a mug of warm apple cider.
My favorite part of this recipe is that you can add the ingredients to your slow cooker, turn it on, and set of to clean your bathrooms. Come back and give it a quick stir just before your guests walk through the door.
Our Thanksgiving temperature is forecasted to be around 22° so I know that my family will love walking into the house and enjoying some warm apple cider by the fire. This cocktail is perfect in travel mugs too. Fill up your cup and head outside for a chilly after dinner walk.
Preparing the Warm Apple Cider:
To make this warm apple cider you will add your cider, sliced orange, cinnamon sticks and star anise to your slow cooker. Warm on low for at least 2 hours. The longer this warms, the more developed the flavors of the citrus and spices become in the apple cider. There are no added sweeteners which you will find with many recipes. In my opinion, the cider is plenty sweet on its own.
Serving the Apple Cider:
I like to leave some pretty mugs, a ladle, some extra star anise, a few orange slices and some bourbon or rum (or both) next to the slow cooker. Guest can help themselves and add as much bourbon as they like to their mugs.
Any cider that isn’t enjoyed immediately can be stored right in the slow cooker in the refrigerator and reheated up to 3 days later.
I hope that you enjoy this new recipe and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Slow Cooker Warm Apple Cider
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 1 large orange, sliced I prefer to use a blood orange because it's pretty
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 5-6 star anise
- Add the apple cider, sliced orange, cinnamon sticks and star anise to your slow cooker. Warm on low for at least 2 hours stirring occasionally.
- Serve warm in mugs. Add bourbon or a nice spiced rum if desired. Serve with a piece of star anise and a fresh orange slice in each mug.
KITCHEN TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS THAT CAN BE USED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE:
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