Mulled Cider in a Slowcooker

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Although winter is not my favorite season, I always enjoy it when fall hits to have a hot cup of mulled cider. Truth is you don’t have to wait till fall or winter to enjoy this mouth-watering treat.

Whip up a batch of White Chicken Chili, normal chili, or extra spicy chili to go with this mulled cider, they go so well together!

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What Makes this Mulled Cider Special?

With this mulled cider recipe the addition of a five-spice powder is used rather than a classic pumpkin pie spice. It will add a little something special to an already terrific tasting combination.

A top down view of the finished cider ready to enjoy.

You are going to love the aroma that fills your home each and every time you make it. When your family or guests come into your home they will love how homey it smells.

For your next gathering, you could make up a batch and have it simmering in the kitchen. Your guests will wonder what you have been cooking all day!

A close up view of the finished mulled cider in a crockpot.

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Mulled Cider?

For this recipe, you will need 1/2 gallon of fresh apple cider, a medium orange sliced, 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, 3 cinnamon sticks.

You will also need 10-15 whole cloves, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of five-spice powder.

Featured image showing the finished mulled cider in a copper mug.

Optionally you can garnish with fresh orange slices and whole cinnamon sticks.

Where Did Mulled Cider Originate From?

Hot Mulled Cider has an uncanny likeness to the old pagan tradition called Wassailing.

here we see two mugs of finished recipe ready to drink.

Wassail (the word) comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase ‘waes hael’ which is by definition ‘good health’. That drink was made from curdled cream, roasted apples, mulled ale, eggs, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and sugar.

What Size Crockpot Should I Use?

For this recipe, I would use a 7-quart crockpot. You may also want to use a crockpot liner which allows for less mess when it is time to clean up.

If you want to double a recipe to freeze a 10-quart crockpot may be more what you are looking for.

A single mug of cider with a cinnamon stick.

Try out some of these other delicious Crockpot recipes!

There are so many great ways to use a Crockpot. You can use it for things like dessert, try these cinnamon rolls!

You can also use your crockpot to make meal prep items like a whole roasted chicken! Furthermore, you can put your crockpot to work making things everyone will love…like parmesan chicken wings!

Two mugs of cider ready to be enjoyed.
A single mug of cider with a cinnamon stick.

Hot Mulled Cider

Yield: Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Although winter is not my favorite season, I always enjoy it when fall hits to have a hot cup of mulled cider. Truth is you don't have to wait till fall or winter to enjoy this mouth-watering treat.


  • ½ gallon fresh apple cider
  • 1 medium organic orange, sliced
  • ½ c. fresh orange juice
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 10-15 whole cloves
  • 2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 2 t. five-spice powder


    1. Add all ingredients to a slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
    2. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7. When finished, remove and discard cinnamon sticks and cooked orange slices.
    3. Ladle warm cider into large mugs and serve with additional orange slices and fresh cinnamon sticks, if desired. 


    Cook Time: 3 hours on high or 7 hours on low.

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    Nutrition Information
    Yield 6 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 128Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 6mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 6gSugar 24gProtein 1g

    These recipes are calculated as a courtesy. They are not intended as medical advice or guaranteed accurate. Please do your own calculations if necessary.

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