With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all the other holiday festivities coming up, I’m sure you are looking for an easy drink to make for your next party or get-together. How about one that tastes great and makes your house smell amazing? This Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider can be thrown together in minutes and is sure to please all your guests.
I have been wanting to make an apple cider in the slow cooker for awhile now. I was brainstorming a way to make it extra special when it came to me: cranberries! Most of the Cranberry Apple Cider recipes I found online combine cranberry juice and apple juice. I wanted this cider to have a strong apple taste with just a hint of cranberry, so I changed it up and created my own recipe.
This cider smells incredible and will make you feel warm and festive when you drink it. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas party or any special occasion this holiday season.
It only takes a few minutes to throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Then let it simmer while you get everything else ready for your get together. By the time your guests arrive, the cider will be ready and filing your house with a wonderful aroma.
If you make this cider for a party or large gathering, you may want to at least double the recipe. I made it for a bonfire with some friends and it was gone in a matter of minutes. You can also make it ahead and refrigerate until the day of the party. I mixed everything together a couple days in advance and put it in the fridge. On the day I needed it, I put it in the slow cooker for about 4 hours.
- 5 cups apple cider
- 1 cup apple juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks (or about 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon)
- 1/2 tsp whole cloves
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 large apple, peeled, cored and sliced
- Pour the apple cider and apple juice into a slow cooker. Add the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice and stir (the spices won't completely disappear).
- Add the ginger, cranberries and apples and stir.
- Cook on low for 4-7 hours (the longer you cook, the stronger the spices and flavors will get). Serve hot or cold.
Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and delicious food. Luckily, the food blogging community is all about these things as well. To celebrate the holiday, Meghan from Cake ‘n’ Knife and Susannah from Feast + West are hosting Blogsgiving Dinner. There are 20 awesome blogs sharing 52 recipes
The idea is based on the old-fashioned progressive dinner party, in which you’d eat each course at a different guest’s home. Each blogger is bringing one or more dishes to the party on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week, so be sure to stop by each one and get some ideas for your own Thanksgiving meal. Be sure to check out today’s recipes for entrees, salads and side dishes.
We’ll be posting to social media with the hashtag #blogsgivingdinner. Hope you can join us!
Here’s the full menu for today!
Grandma’s Pecan Pie from The Wetherills Say I Do
Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting from My Cooking Spot
Gluten-Free Apple Berry Crumble from Twin Stripe
Paleo Pumpkin Pudding from Wit Wisdom Food
Cranberry Almond Coconut Bars from Love & Flour
Torched Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie with Olive & Sinclair Chocolate from The Local Forkful
Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup from Home at Six
Sweet Potato Pie from Think Fruitful
Nutella Pumpkin S’mores Tart from bethcakes
Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Spice Bars from I Cook. I Eat. It’s Life.
Drunken Pecan Pie Bars from The Speckled Palate
Butter Pecan Cupcakes from The Speckled Palate
Cheesy Potato Croquettes from Hello Little Home
Leftover Stuffed Egg Rolls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce from Cake ‘n’ Knife
Freezer-Friendly Turkey and Rice Casserole from Betty Becca
Stuffed Crescents with Thanksgiving Leftovers from My Cooking Spot