How to Make Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

Make Homemade Apple Cider in your slow cooker! It’ll warm you from the inside out with amazing flavors and it’s so delicious. It’s a must have fall drink and tastes so much better when you make it yourself. Such a great way to use up apples in the fall. Best of all, your house will smell amazing!


In the past four days I have made two batches of this irresistible Apple Cider as well as two Apple Pies. There are still apples in my fridge and I can't decide if I should make a loaf of Apple Pie Bread tomorrow or try something different. Decisions! October brings so many yummy baking and cooking possibilities which is one of the many reasons it is my favorite month. I'm believing that Heaven is a lifetime of crisp, beautiful-leafed October days.


I had never made Homemade Apple Cider until now and I'm wondering WHAT I WAS THINKING. It is so much better than store-bought and I enjoy it on the spiced side with not as much sugar. Feel free to add more or less sugar and spices, based on preferences.


Literally all you need to do is dump a few ingredients into a large crockpot, cover and let everything cook on low heat for up to 15 hours. I let my first batch cook for 8 hours and my second for 15. I thought the second batch produced a cider that was bolder with more of a kick. Both were sooo good.


This step isn't necessary, but it adds a touch of somethin'-somethin', in my opinion. After I turned my slow cooker off, I mashed everything up with a potato masher and then waited until the mixture had completely cooled.


Whether you mash or not, be sure to strain the cider using a fine-mesh strainer. Discard the solids and enjoy the nectar left behind!


Store in mason jars or in a large pitcher in the refrigerator. Warm it up before serving or enjoy chilled! We all have different preferences in our house, but all of us agreed that this is the BEST cider we've ever had. And totally homemade for the double win.

I really hope you enjoy this cider as much as we do! For more apple recipes, check these babies out: Apple Pie Monkey Bread, Apple French Toast Bake, Salted Caramel Apple Cookies, Appledoodles, Apple Pie Bars, Caramel Apple Cupcakes, Crockpot Applesauce, Crockpot Pork Loin with Apples, Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples

Apple, Cinder, Crook pot
Yield: 12 cups


prep time: cook time: 8 hourtotal time: 8 hours

It's easy to make Apple Cider in your slow cooker! And your home will never smell more delicious!


  • 12 cups water
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 12 apples, quartered (use a variety of tart and sweet for a more complex flavor)
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons whole allspice
  • 1 whole nutmeg


  1. Add the water and lemon juice to a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the quartered apples as you cut them, as well as the orange, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and nutmeg. Stir and cover.
  2. Cook on LOW heat for 8-15 hours. The longer it cooks, the more flavorful it will be. Using a potato masher, mash the contents in the slow cooker. Let cool.
  3. Ladle contents of the slow cooker into a large bowl, pouring everything through a fine-mesh strainer. Discard the solids and pour the cider into quart-size mason jars or a large pitcher. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Warm before serving or enjoy chilled!


Cook on LOW for 8-15 hours.
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