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Slow cooker cranberry apple cider in a clear mug.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider is simple to make, sweet, and delicious. This welcoming, spiced hot beverage makes the whole house smell amazing, too.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings (1-cup each)
Calories 244kcal



  • 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.


  1. Apple cider: You can make your own apple cider or substitute an equal amount of apple juice.
  2. Cranberry juice: You can use 100% cranberry juice or a cranberry juice cocktail (the cocktail is a prettier color but has added sugar).
  3. Sugar: My recipe has 2 cups, but you can add it to taste. Brown sugar is fine, too.  Or Substitute 6 to 10 packets or teaspoons of Splenda OR Stevia, but taste it along the way so you don't go overboard.
  4. Apple slices or fresh cranberries: For garnish. I like to slice the apples sideways through the core so the seeds look like stars.
  5. Yield: One recipe makes 96 ounces, enough for twelve 8-ounce servings.
  6. Storage: Store leftovers in the refrigerator and enjoy within the week.
  7. Make ahead: You can make it the day before, but then you'd need to reheat it, so it's not absolutely necessary. Reheat the cider on the stove and transfer to the crockpot to speed things along.
  8. Stove-top: Add the ingredients to a large pot and heat over medium-high heat until hot, about 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to warm and serve with a ladle and mugs closely so everyone can help themselves. Or, transfer to a slow cooker to keep warm all day long.


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg