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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.

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gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 256034
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2016

"This is going to be perfect for the Thanksgiving potluck (aka Friendsgiving) that we'll be doing this year! Very excited to try this recipe out."

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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