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Oblique view of a the ingredients being blended for an caramel apple cider recipe

Homemade Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider (with Vegan Option)

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 gallon, or 8 drinks 1x


An easy and delicious recipe for slow-cooked apple cider. Just combine the ingredients and walk away! And then, a recipe for caramel apple cider, with a shot of bourbon for the adventurous.



To Make the Cider:

To Make the Drinks:


  1. Core and slice the apples, then place in a 6-qt slow cooker with the water, cloves, and allspice. Cover and cook on high for 8 hours.
  2. While the cider is cooking, make the caramel sauce. When finished, pour into a glass jar or heat-proof container and cover lightly to cool. Don’t screw a cap on too tight or you’ll have a fun time taking the cap off after it is done cooling.
  3. When the cider is finished, strain into a pitcher or a few large jars. You have a couple options here – for a semi-clear cider, you can strain it through a colander into a bowl (this is what I did). If you want it to be rather clear, strain in through some cheesecloth (this can take a while).
  4. To make the drinks, combine 2 tsp caramel sauce and 1 cup of the cider. Mix, taste, and add more caramel if you want.
  5. If you’re feeling frisky, add a shot of bourbon to the caramel cider, and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Fall Drinks

Keywords: slow cooker, caramel, apple cider, autumn, beverage, drink, vegan, oktoberfest, thanksgiving, winter