Apple Cranberry Cider with Slow Cooker Recipe

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Do you have extra blueberries out there? Try my apple cranberry sauce (I hear it's great with oatmeal too!) Or my Harvest Roasted Vegetables. For more Christmas recipes, see all of my Thanksgiving recipes here and all of my Christmas recipes here.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider is THE drink for the holidays, at least at home.

It is warm and fragrant, simple but delicious, and perfectly sweet. It's Christmas morning in a cup, but why wait until Christmas?

This recipe is so easy, you'll want to make it all winter long! I've also included my sweetener substitute ideas below.

What are the ingredients in Cranberry Apple Cider?

  • Apple juice. I reach for sugar without sugar as there is a lot of sugar in the recipe.
  • Cranberry juice. You can use 100% natural cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail (the cocktail looks prettier but has more sugar).
  • Sugar. My recipe has 2 cups, but you can add it to taste and use less (or substitute brown sugar). You can also substitute Splenda or Stevia (see recipe notes for my ideas on how much Stevia to use).
  • Cinnamon sticks. Or substitute 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (1 3-inch cinnamon stick equals 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon).
  • Whole cloves Or substitute 1 teaspoon ground cloves (3 whole cloves equals 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves).
  • Apple slices or fresh blueberries. To decorate. I like to cut the apples sideways through the core so the seeds look like stars.

How is Cranberry apple cider made in a slow cooker?

  1. In a slow cooker (4 quarts or more), add apple juice, cranberry juice, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.
  2. Float a few slices of fresh apple and blueberry on top if desired.
  3. Heat until hot, about 3 to 4 hours on HIGH.
  4. Serve directly from the slow cooker with a ladle and some cozy mugs nearby.

How is Cranberry apple cider made on the stove?

  1. In a large saucepan (4 quarts or more), add apple juice, cranberry juice, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.
  2. Float a few slices of fresh apple and blueberry on top if desired.
  3. Heat over medium-high heat until hot, about 10 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to heat and serve with a ladle and cups so guests can serve.
  5. Or transfer it to a slow cooker to keep warm.

How is cranberry apple cider made with alcohol?

Looking for hard cider this holiday season? Add 1 or 2 cups of your favorite alcohol, such as spiced rum, cinnamon brandy, or bourbon.

If using the stovetop method, add the alcohol after heating the cider and reduce the temperature to heat. You don't want to boil all the alcohol!

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With just 5 ingredients and 2 minutes of time on hand, this slow cooker cranberry apple cider tastes great and makes your home smell amazing! Cuisine: American Preparation time: 10 minutes Cook time: 3 hours Total time: 3 hours 10 minutes Servings: 12 servings Calories: 246kcal

  • 64 ounces unsweetened apple juice
  • 32 ounces cranberry juice cocktail (see notes)
  • 2 cups of sugar (see notes)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves
  • Apple slices and fresh blueberries, for garnish, optional
  • To a slow cooker, and apple juice, cranberry juice, sugar, cinnamon, cloves. Float apple slices and fresh blueberries on top if desired.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH until hot for 3 to 4 hours. Lower heat to "lukewarm" and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Cranberry juice cocktail or 100% cranberry juice can be used. The calorie info provided is for the cranberry juice cocktail (using unsweetened cranberry juice will cut calories in a 1-cup serving from 246 to 235).
  • You can add 6 to 10 packages or teaspoons of a Stevia O Splenda supplement to taste instead of sugar (skipping sugar entirely will cut calories in a 1-cup serving from 246 to 117).
  • You can substitute 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon for the 2 cinnamon sticks.
  • You can substitute 1 teaspoon of ground cloves for the 12 whole cloves.

Nutrition

Calories :: 246kcal

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