Add all ingredients except maple syrup to a small crock pot (1.5 quart). Don’t worry about removing seeds or rough parts. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
After 4 hours on HIGH, turn off the crockpot. Using a mesh strainer, pour the contents of the crockpot in a small pot or medium sized bowl. Your strainer should have the cooked fruit and whole spices and the cider will then be in the small pot or bowl.
With the back of a spoon or avocado masher/potato masher, press the cooked fruit against the strainer so maximum amount of apple cider goes into the pot.
You can either leave the cider in the pot or bowl OR pour it back into the crockpot. Then stir in the 3 Tbsp maple syrup.
Taste test! If you need more sweetener add it now. Otherwise, enjoy! Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat when ready to drink!