in five: slow cooker apple cider

Slow-Cooker Apple Cider

Last weekend, in the tradition of the crisp fall season, I visited an orchard to go apple picking. It was all sorts of rosy-cheeked fun and as wholesome as a Doris Day movie complete with tractor rides, tree climbs, freshly baked cinnamon donuts, and cider — oh the cider! I’ve never had a better cider than the apple orchard variety and was craving it hard once I returned to the city. Luckily, after a little trial and error, I stumbled upon the perfect orchard-quality cider recipe. The best part? The prep time is only five minutes — no squeezing apples required! Check out the recipe after the jump. — Katie D.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 4 Hours, 5 Minutes
Servings: 24

Ingredients:
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons whole allspice
4 sticks of cinnamon (3 inch)
1 bottle (48 oz; 6 Cups) apple cider
1 bottle (48 oz; 6 cups) cranberry juice cocktail

MIX all ingredients in a 4-5 quart slow cooker.
COOK, covered, on low heat setting for 4-6 hours. Before serving, remove allspice and cinnamon. To make it easier to remove all the spices, tie them up in coffee filter or tea bag.

From our partners
Megan B.

I’m planning on making my own fresh cider tomorrow — 10 + lbs of homegrown apples from a kind benefactor! I’ll have to freeze some of my bounty and use this recipe!

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