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Slow-Cooker Apple Cider Sparklers

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 3 hr 10 min
  • Servings 12
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Let the slow cooker be your punchbowl for this fun and festive recipe, perfect for a large holiday gathering.
By Bree Hester
Created Oct 31, 2012
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  • 1 quart (4 cups) apple cider
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inch)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 piece (1 inch) gingerroot, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Grated peel of 2 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Grated peel of 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeded
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) sparkling white wine or champagne
  • Orange, lemon and apple slices, if desired


  • 1
    Pour cider into 3-quart slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, gingerroot, nutmeg, lemon peel, lemon juice, orange peel, orange juice, vanilla bean and brown sugar; mix well.
  • 2
    Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 hours.
  • 3
    Remove cinnamon sticks, cloves, gingerroot and vanilla bean before serving. Keep cider warm in slow cooker, or transfer to heatproof pitcher if serving immediately.
  • 4
    Ladle or pour cider into mugs, filling halfway; fill rest of mug with wine. Garnish with orange, lemon and apple slices.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    For a family-friendly cider, substitute club soda or sparkling water for the wine or champagne.
  • tip 2
    Don’t have a slow cooker? You can cook this on the stove instead; just simmer over low heat.
  • tip 3
    To make it easy to remove the spices, tie them in a double thickness of cheesecloth or paper coffee filter before adding to the cider.


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