This Slow Cooker Chai Apple Cider puts a little spin on the classic fall beverage. Five minutes of prep time and your kitchen will smell like fall!
Nothing says fall like the scent of hot, spiced apple cider wafting through the house. The first time I made this slow cooker chai apple cider, my family were drawn to the kitchen like bears to honey, noses in the air and eyes closed in reverential bliss. The flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, star anise and cardamom are all tucked away inside of most chai tea bags and add a wonderful spiced flavor to apple cider.
Now that we’re living in Washington state, multiple varieties of apples and gallons of fresh apple cider seem to be available around every corner. Just to clarify, when I say “apple cider”, I’m referring to the unfiltered, often unpasteurized, opaque juice. Not the clear, filtered variety and not the bubbly alcoholic drink. While the best apple ciders often come straight from the farm, you can often find some good alternatives in the supermarket or health food stores, such as Whole Foods.
Throw everything into the slow cooker – apple cider, chai tea bags, cinnamon sticks, star anise and apple slices – and heat until warm. No star anise on hand? That’s okay – you’ll still get plenty of flavor from the tea bags. If you have a large slow cooker and a crowd of people, feel free to double or even triple the recipe.
Slow Cooker Chai Apple Cider Recipe
- In a slow cooker, combine the apple cider, tea bags, apple slices, cinnamon sticks and star anise.
- Heat on LOW for 4 hours or on HIGH for 2 hours until hot.
- Ladle into mugs. Serve each portion with one of the apple slices, if desired.
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