All-natural ingredients and spices including apples & blood oranges simmer together slowly in this easy homemade cider recipe.
Um…I think I might have a new signature recipe. This cider came out amazing! I repeat amazing. I have a sick husband so I jumped at the opportunity to make slow cooker cider. I planned on making normal apple cider BUT my local Sprouts is currently having a citrus sale that includes blood oranges so I could not resist picking up a couple of pounds. Or four. Four pounds of blood oranges.
Since blood oranges are seasonal, you can substitute a regular orange if needed. Use just enough water to cover the ingredients. I used a 6-quart slow cooker and filled it almost to the rim. Then sit back and wait for the aroma to come out your kitchen. But you’re not done yet. It’s important to mash the apples and blood orange into the water after a couple of hours and let it cook a little longer. This will release more flavor into the cider. If you don’t have time for the full additional hour then give it at least another 30 minutes if you can. You’ll need a good strainer though unless you want to drink pulpy cider.
- 6 apples, cored & sliced
- 2 blood oranges, peeled and sliced (or oranges)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ¼ cup organic honey (maple syrup for vegan)
- ¼ tsp allspice
- ¼ tsp cloves
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
- Cover with enough water to fill the slow cooker.
- Cook HIGH 3 hours.
- Mash the apples and oranges, cover and cook an additional hour.
- Strain liquid using a mesh strainer.
- Pour strained cider back into the slow cooker and turn to WARM setting. Serve immediately.