Make the Best Hot Caramel Apple Cider in the Crockpot

Slow Cooker Hot Caramel Apple Cider

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 10 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 12 cups apple juice or apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons Torani salted caramel syrup, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tangerines, or 1 small orange
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • a few whole cloves
  • 2 whole nutmeg pieces
  • whipped cream and caramel sauce for topping *optional

Directions

1

To a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker, add the apple cider, caramel syrup, vanilla extract, and squeeze the juice from the tangerines or orange.

2

Wrap the orange rinds, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg in a cheesecloth and secure with kitchen twine. Place it into the slow cooker.

3

Cover with the lid, and set the slow cooker to low for about 3 hours until warmed through. Discard the spices in the cheesecloth.

4

Turn slow cooker to warm to keep it warm during your party. Serve with whipped cream and caramel sauce if desired.

Nutritional Information

Yield: 12 cups, Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving:

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holding homemade hot apple cider

Need a delicious party drink recipe perfect for fall weather?

Consider filling your Crockpot with this easy-to-make hot caramel apple cider drink! Such a yummy beverage to serve while carving pumpkins, or to warm up your little ghosts and goblins after trick-or-treating. I love that you can just pour everything into the slow cooker and it’ll result in lots of deep fall flavors from festive mulling spices like cinnamon and clove.

copycat starbucks caramel apple cider

Easy Starbucks fall drink copycat! 

If you’ve ever had a Starbucks hot caramel apple cider drink, this is a fun copycat to make for less money at home! Top it with some whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sundae syrup for a yummy treat!

Hip Tip: 

Use a piece of cheesecloth to easily wrap mulling spices such as cinnamon sticks, whole clove, orange rinds, and whole nutmeg. Then you don’t have to strain your drink.


Try Torani salted caramel syrup for the caramel component to this drink! I tried it, and loved it for this easy slow cooker drink.


Feel free to first DIY your own apple cider if desired. I found it quicker to buy prepared pressed apple cider to avoid cooking, mashing and straining apples. But it’s easy to do by following these helpful homemade apple cider directions I found.


Easily make this an adult party beverage by adding alcohol! You can mix in spiced brandy or rum as a couple of ideas. How perfect to enjoy while tailgating on a chilly day or evening!

hot apple cider ingredients

putting mulling spices in the slow cooker

dishing up a glass of slow cooker cider


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Slow Cooker Hot Caramel Apple Cider

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 10 MINUTES

This hot apple cider with caramel syrup is the perfect fall drink, and easy to make in the Crockpot!

Ingredients

  • 12 cups apple juice or apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons Torani salted caramel syrup, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tangerines, or 1 small orange
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • a few whole cloves
  • 2 whole nutmeg pieces
  • whipped cream and caramel sauce for topping *optional

Directions

1

To a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker, add the apple cider, caramel syrup, vanilla extract, and squeeze the juice from the tangerines or orange.

2

Wrap the orange rinds, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg in a cheesecloth and secure with kitchen twine. Place it into the slow cooker.

3

Cover with the lid, and set the slow cooker to low for about 3 hours until warmed through. Discard the spices in the cheesecloth.

4

Turn slow cooker to warm to keep it warm during your party. Serve with whipped cream and caramel sauce if desired.

Nutritional Information

Yield: 12 cups, Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving:

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kids drinking apple cider

This drink represents everything fall!

I love how comforting it’ll make your home smell, and this caramel apple cider is such a warm delicious treat! My kids loved this spiced cider and have already asked me to make it again.


Here’s how to make pumpkin spiced lattes for a crowd in the slow cooker! 

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Comments 30

  1. scamp

    Okay Lina… back at it with the amazing recipes! I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for this post! Looks so good.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did!

  2. B

    We have a chili cook off every year in October and make this yummy warm cider. Except we add a half bottle of Smirnoff Caramel Vodka 😜 It’s delicious and all the adults love it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! And I love your version – thanks for sharing it! ❤️

  3. Rosi

    Love the cheesecloth tip! So simple n effective. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes so much easier than straining I think! 👍

  4. PL

    Is there a Pinterest board with all of the recipes you post? I need a place to save them all!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi PL! You can find all of the recipes here –> https://hip2save.com/recipes/ and then add your favorites to your “cookbook”. 😊

      • PL

        Thanks!!

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          You’re so welcome!

      • Lunafalls

        Crazy question, but how do we access our cookbook once we have saved recipe posts? I know how to access my Hip List, but I can’t see anywhere to access the Cookbook.

        • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

          On my android phone, I click the 3 dots on the lower right side and it brings up my cookbook.

  5. Laura

    I use a tea ball for the spices (except for the cinnamon sticks). Easy peasy.

  6. Gail

    You say to use apple cider, but the picture shows apple juice, so which one?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh great catch Gail – you can use either, so I fixed the ingredient list to reflect that – thanks so much ❤️

  7. Justine

    Ok, I have to try this – going to the grocery store tomorrow! P.S. Your kids are so lucky to have you as their mom! How fun for them to get grow up with all your fun family activities, craft projects, and yummy recipes. Those will be some of the best memories 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay! And that is so sweet of you to take the time and say that Justine ❤️ Made my day.

  8. Risa

    Whole Foods sells a mulling spices mix in their spice section that is delicious.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love that tip! Thanks Risa!

  9. Amy Baker

    Starbucks caramel apple spice is my favorite! Thanks for the tip!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Cool! I think you’ll like this!

  10. Teresa W

    Thanks for this recipe! We had it tonight and it was fantastic!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh hooray- thanks for sharing!

  11. Juliee

    I’m trying to find ways to socialize outside even after summer sets sail. I’m envisioning hot cider, donuts, and bonfire 👍

    • Rebecca

      That sounds lovely! I’m in FL now but from up north & nothing beats a chilly fall evening with some hot cider! 🧡 Best wishes to you & yours this fall! 🍂

  12. Rebecca

    Lina, I made this for Thanksgiving last year & it was a huge hit! Hoping we’ll be able to have family over for Thanksgiving this year & we can enjoy it again!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks for sharing Rebecca! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  13. Bunny

    Lidl has apple cider on sale this week. With the temperatures getting cooler this would be awesome to make now! Thanks Lina 🙂

  14. Haley

    Could I cook this on low overnight ?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya or on “warm” setting. I think could be good.

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