Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider Recipe

With just 5 ingredients and 2 minutes of hand's on time, this easy Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider tastes great and makes your house smell amazing!

Have extra cranberries lying around? Try my Cranberry Sauce with Apples (I hear it's great on oatmeal too!) or my Harvest Roasted Vegetables. For more holiday recipes, see all my Thanksgiving recipes here and all my Christmas recipes here.

With just 5 ingredients and 2 minutes of hand's on time, this easy Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider tastes great and makes your house smell amazing!
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 Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider is THE beverage for the holidays, at least in my house.

It's warm and fragrant, simple yet 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 included my sweetener substitute ideas below, too.

Making Cranberry Apple Cider for a crowd? Just use my easy recipe slider to adjust the numbers of servings - the slider will adjust the quantities of all the ingredients for you!

What are the ingredients in Cranberry Apple Cider?

  • Apple juice. I reach for the unsweetened since there is plenty of sugar in the recipe.
  • Cranberry juice. You can use 100% 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 ground cinnamon (1 3-inch cinnamon stick is equivalent to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon).
  • Whole cloves. Or substitute 1 teaspoon ground cloves (3 whole cloves are equivalent to 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves).
  • Apple slices or fresh cranberries. For garnish. I like to slice the apples sideways through the core so the seeds look like stars.

With just 5 ingredients and 2 minutes of hand's on time, this easy Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider tastes great and makes your house smell amazing!

How do you make Cranberry Apple Cider in a slow cooker?

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

How do you make Cranberry Apple Cider on the stove?

  1. To a large pot (4 quarts or more), add apple juice, cranberry juice, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.
  2. Float some apple slices and fresh cranberries on top if desired.
  3. Heat over medium-high heat until hot, about 10 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to warm and serve with a ladle and mugs so guests can help themselves.
  5. Or, transfer to a slow cooker to keep warm.

With just 5 ingredients and 2 minutes of hand's on time, this easy Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider tastes great and makes your house smell amazing!

How do you make Cranberry Apple Cider with alcohol?

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

If using the stove top method, stir the alcohol in after you heat the cider and reduce the temperature to warm. You don't want to boil off all the alcohol!

5 from 1 vote

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider Recipe

With just 5 ingredients and 2 minutes of hand's on time, this easy Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider tastes great and makes your house smell amazing!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword apple juice, cranberry juice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 246kcal
  • 64 ounces apple juice unsweetened
  • 32 ounces cranberry juice cocktail (see notes)
  • 2 cups sugar (see notes)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves
  • Apple slices and fresh cranberries, for garnish, optional
  • To a slow cooker, and apple juice, cranberry juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves. Float apple slices and fresh cranberries on top if desired.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH until hot about 3 to 4 hours. Turn heat down to "warm" and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Cranberry juice cocktail OR 100% cranberry juice can be used. The calorie information provided is for Cranberry Juice Cocktail (using unsweetened cranberry juice will reduce the calories in a 1-cup serving from 246 to 235).
  • 6 to 10 packets or teaspoons of a Stevia supplement OR Splenda may be added to taste in place of the sugar (omitting the sugar completely will reduce the calories in a 1-cup serving from 246 to 117).
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon can be substituted for the 2 cinnamon sticks.
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves can be substituted for the 12 whole cloves.

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcal

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  1. Ronald Swartz

    My experience with fresh cranberries is that they are hard…should you disregard them in your cup or add them to the crockpot so they can cook and soften? Are they also too bitter to eat from your cup?

    1. meggan

      Hi Ronald, you’re right. Raw cranberries are terribly bitter. In this case, I use them as a garnish the way you might put a twist of rind in a martini. It’s technically edible, but no one is eating it; it just looks pretty. I wouldn’t eat them either way, even if you softened them in the cider. They’ll still be too bitter! Thanks for the question and sorry if I created any confusion. Take care! -Meggan

  2. Peyton Adkins

    first of all, it look beautiful! and second, 5 ingredients and just a few minutes of actual work is right up my alley! Came out fantastic5 stars

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