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Slow Cooker Apple Cider Punch

With its smooth, bright blend of holiday spices, apples, oranges, and peaches, this vibrant Slow Cooker Apple Cider Punch is a delight to the senses! The perfect holiday drink for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

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Easy Slow Cooker Apple Cider Punch

You know how you can simmer spices for a while to make your house smell like the holidays? Well, my philosophy is: why not make something truly delicious while you’re at it? That’s what this slow-cooker apple cider punch is all about.

The seasonal cider, combined with yummy peach nectar and a little galaxy of spices, will make your house smell heavenly—and the taste is heavenly, too!

Is This a Non-Alcoholic Punch Recipe?

Yes, this warm punch is non-alcoholic, so everyone can indulge! If you’d like, you can spike the entire recipe, or individual servings, for an extra shot of cheer!

side shot of two glass mugs filled with apple cider punch and served with cinnamon sticks, apple slices, and orange slices inside

Recipe Ingredients

  • Apple Cider: You’ll need a quart of good-quality cider.
  • Orange Juice: Two cups of orange juice, with pulp or without.
  • Peach Nectar: Two cups peach nectar. This is often sold in single servings, but you may be able to find a larger bottle!
  • Lemon Juice: Just a touch of real lemon juice amps up the other flavors.
  • Ground Nutmeg and Cardamom: Freshly ground is best, but pre-ground spices are also fine!
  • Cinnamon Sticks and Whole Cloves: Whole spices contain more oils and work well in a spice bag.
  • Fresh Ginger: You’ll need to peel and finely chop enough ginger to make one teaspoon.
  • Grated Orange and Lemon Peel
  • Lemon and Orange Slices: For garnish.

How to Make Slow Cooker Apple Cider Punch

  1. Place Cider, Juices, and Ground Spices in Slow Cooker. In your 4 quart slow cooker, combine apple cider, orange juice, peach nectar, lemon juice, nutmeg, and cardamom.
  2. Make the Spice Bag and Add to the Slow Cooker. Place cinnamon sticks, ginger, orange peel, lemon peel, and cloves in a cheesecloth spice bag. Tie the bag securely and place it in the slow cooker.
  3. Slow-Cook the Punch. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Remove Spice Bag and Garnish. Remove the spice bag and discard. (You can save the bag itself, washing it gently in warm water and dish soap and air drying.)
  5. Top the apple cider punch with apple slices and orange slices.
  6. Enjoy!
overhead shot of apple cider punch in a punch bowl with ladle and slices of fruit floating on top

Tips for the Best Apple Cider Punch

  • Make Ahead: If you’d like to save time on the day of serving, make this punch in advance, except for any garnishes or spirits. Then reheat on the day of serving, garnish, and serve!
  • Serve Cold: While this punch is so cozy and seasonal served hot, but you can also make it ahead and serve it chilled—it’ll be truly delicious either way!
  • Spike It! If you’d like this to be an alcoholic punch, and you’re planning to serve it warm, I recommend spiking it with a sweet red wine, rum, vodka, or bourbon. So delicious! Apple schnapps would also be tasty. For serving it cold, try a red or white wine or some champagne!

Serving Suggestions

  • Dip and Dippers! If you’d like to serve a tasty snack alongside this punch, it’s hard to top (get it?) some delicious homemade dip and an array of crackers, veggies, and pita chips. I love this Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip so much, and it’s so easy!
  • Apples and Apples: Double up on apple-season flavor by making a delicious Dutch Apple Slab Pie. Serve with ice cream for the a la mode crowd, and wedges of cheddar for a savory twist.
  • Pumpkin (Hand) Pies: These adorable Pumpkin Cheesecake Crescent Rolls are so sweet and fetching! I love how they complement the spices in the punch.
side shot of two glass mugs filled with apple cider punch and served with cinnamon sticks inside

How to Store Slow Cooker Apple Cider Punch

  • To refrigerate: cover well and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To freeze: store in airtight freezer containers or bags. Be sure to leave a couple of inches of “head space” because the punch will expand as it freezes. Punch will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer.
  • To reheat: place in a saucepan on medium, or the crock pot on high, until heated through. (Heating in the crock pot may take more than an hour.)
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Print Recipe
5 from 5 votes

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Punch

This warm and fragrant punch is a blend of apple cider, orange juice, peach nectar, and delicious holiday spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider drink, christmas drink, crock pot apple cider, mulled apple cider, thanksgiving drink
Servings: 10
Calories: 97kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups peach nectar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 8 whole cloves
  • Apple Slices, for garnish
  • Orange slices, for garnish
  • Lemon slices, for garnish

Instructions

  • In a 4-quart (or larger) slow cooker combine apple cider, orange juice, peach nectar, lemon juice, nutmeg, and cardamom.
  • Place cinnamon sticks, ginger, orange peel, lemon peel, and cloves in a cheesecloth spice bag. Tie the bag securely and place it in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Remove spice bag and discard.
  • Set Slow Cooker to "Warm".
  • Top apple cider punch with apple slices, orange slices, and lemon slices.
  • Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 228IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

7 Comments

  • Beth
    November 19, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious and yummy! My kids are going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to make this!

    Reply
  • Sara Welch
    November 19, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    5 stars
    This is always a hit at our holiday parties! Love enjoying this all season long; it’s a fall staple in our home!

    Reply
  • Jen
    November 20, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    5 stars
    This is not only delicious but really smells amazing too. Love the spiking ideas for when the girls come over.

    Reply
  • Catalina
    November 21, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    5 stars
    This is the perfect fall drink! I will make your recipe this weekend!

    Reply
  • Toni Dash
    November 22, 2020 at 10:43 am

    5 stars
    I loved it! Such a perfect fall drink!

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  • Kevin
    November 23, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Not only will this taste good but it will make the house smell so good too!

    Reply
  • Cathy
    November 23, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Ooooh – adding peach nectar is such a good idea!

    Reply

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