Slow Cooker Pear Cider

Ehhh hehm…may I introduce you to my new favorite fall sip? This slow cooker pear cider has me wondering why I have only been giving apples the cider treatment for so long. I have actually been dreaming of pear cider for what feels like FOREVER!

Slow Cooker Pear Cider recipe by @beardandbonnet on

When is pear season?

Literally, I’ve been waiting and waiting until the weather was just right and I had a day where I could stay at home all day and inhale its amazing aroma as it cooked. From August thru October you can find the most beautiful and delicious pears – largely coming from western states (California, Oregon and Washington). Some of the most popular varieties are the juicy and sweet Bartlett (green), firm and crunchy Bosc (brown) and the sweet Anjou (green or red). Learn more about them here at the FoodNetwork.

Slow Cooker Pear Cider recipe by @beardandbonnet on

Last weekend I finally had that day – an entire Saturday with a house full of kids and nowhere really pressing to be. It had to happen!

I started the cider first thing in the morning before anyone else was stirring – I wanted to really savor the moment, play a little music and take in all of the spices. It was magical and for the next 8 hours our house smelled like absolute heaven!

Health benefits of pears

Immune Boost

In need of an immune boost? Pears contain copper, potassium and other minerals that are beneficial to your immune system. Make sure you eat the peel! The pear peal contains 6 times more antioxidants than the flesh!

Dietary Fiber

Pears (especially the peel) contain a lot of fiber which is not only good for your gut (including prebiotics) which help promote overall digestive health. 

Heart  Health

Pears are rich in potent antioxidants, such as procyanidins and quercetin, that can boost heart health by improving blood pressure and cholesterol. Eating pears regularly may also reduce stroke risk. (more here on HealthLine)

So, not only is my slow cooker pear cider delicious, but the health benefits of pears are just incredible. Even if you don’t make the cider, treat yourself to a pear (with the peel!) – you won’t regret it!


Slow Cooker Pear Cider

Slow Cooker Pear Cider recipe by @beardandbonnet on

This pear cider is great on it’s own piping hot, but when you add a bit of spiced rum or bourbon it makes a pretty spectacular cool weather cocktail!

  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


  • 8 medium pears, assorted types ( I used Red Anjou, Bartlett, & Bosc)
  • 1 orange, peel and pith removed
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 23 slices of fresh ginger
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup


  1. Cut the pears and orange into quarters. Seeds, peels and stems are OK. Place the fruit in the bottom of your slow cooker Add the cinnamon sticks, star anise, ginger slices, nutmeg and cloves.
  2. Fill to the top of the slow cooker with water, leaving about an 1/4-1/2-inch of space at the top. Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours or on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  3. An hour before the cider is done cooking, use a potato masher to mash the fruit once it is softened. Cook for an additional hour.
  4. Strain the pear cider through a fine-mesh strainer or cheese cloth into a clean pitcher or pot, pressing on the solids to get all of the juice out of the fruit. Stir in the maple syrup until it is dissolved and serve hot.
  5. The cider can be stored in a heat-safe container for up to 5 days.
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  1. john October 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Awesome! Love it, thanks!

  2. Robert September 22, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    I made this and unfortunately was very disappointed in the results. I used my delicious pears from my pear tree. So the pears were not the problem. I would avoid adding oranges. The oranges over powered the pears and now it has a weird bitter orange taste. I imagine that came from the oranges rind which I wondered about when I threw the oranges in.
    I also didn’t feel the star anise added anything to this recipe. It seemed like a great way to make pear cider but I will be searching for another recipe I am sorry to say.

    1. thismess September 23, 2020 at 10:57 am

      So sorry you didn’t enjoy the cider Robert. We didn’t experience any bitterness, but you are correct peeling oranges would help if that was the case.

  3. Tina November 22, 2015 at 8:43 am

    This looks great! I’m going to serve it at our annual holiday cookie party in a few weeks :). I have 2 questions for you: (1) what sized crockpot did you use? I only have a 6qt so I’m worried that adding water to the top will make this too watery (2) your picture of pouring the cider over slices of pear and cinn sticks looks cool. Did you do this when the cider was hot? Just wondering if it turns it into a mushy mess in the cup. Thanks!

  4. Rita October 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Recipe in my crockpot now,so simple to make.I’m always looking for ways to use pears from my tree.Can’t wait to taste already smells good.

    1. Meg October 25, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Yay Rita! I am so glad you have it cooking – that aroma is intoxicating! I bet you love having a pear tree – I wish we had a fruit tree in our yard 😉

  5. Cara October 23, 2015 at 6:53 am

    These photos are beautiful, woman! I can smell the cider from my screen…

    1. Meg October 23, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Awwww, thanks lady! I love you the mostest 🙂


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