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Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider Recipe

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider Recipe

Spiced with cinnamon sticks, allspice and caramel, this warm-you-up sipper will chase away winter's chill. Serve brimming mugs alongside a platter of festive cookies at your next holiday gathering. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 2 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 8 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup caramel flavoring syrup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • Whipped cream, hot caramel ice cream topping and cinnamon sticks, optional


  • 1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the apple cider, caramel syrup and lemon juice. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds; add seeds to cider mixture. Place the bean, cinnamon sticks and allspice on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add to cider mixture.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Discard spice bag. Pour cider into mugs; garnish with whipped cream, caramel topping and additional cinnamon sticks if desired. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Torani brand flavoring syrup. Look for it in the coffee section.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without garnishes): 134 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 17mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

Reviews for Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider

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Wrangler505 User ID: 1439094 240162
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"This is a great Holiday drink to war you up on a cold night"

jmmistytamplen User ID: 5364058 139711
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014 Edited Nov. 28, 2014

"Could this be done in an industrial size coffee brewer/percolator? I have one that I use just for wassail; the spices and the vanilla bean could go in the basket, and the juice mixture would "perk" over them.

As of November 27, 2014, I can answer "yes" this can be done in a big coffee urn. I did that yesterday for breakfast for us, and it worked very well. I put the cinnamon sticks, the allspice berries and the vanilla bean (after scraping) in the basket and let the juice mixture "perk" over them. Very tasty, too."

seekere User ID: 5180847 126096
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"Sounds delicious"

Kevin J User ID: 7047166 126058
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"Perfect Holiday drink."

discomama1 User ID: 6148208 200054
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"Love apples"

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