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Spiced Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider makes for the perfect Holiday drink. It is fragrant and delicious, requires only a handful of seasonal ingredients and about 2 minutes of hands on time. Come home to Fall in a glass and get the warm and fuzzies without much effort at all.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 2 minutes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Drink
Keyword: cranberry apple cider
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 141kcal


  • 4 apples cored and quartered
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple cider
  • 7 cups water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoon mulling spices
  • honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)


  • Pop all of the fruit, along with the apple cider, water, cinnamon sticks and mulling spices (tie these into some cheese cloth so that they are easily removed), into the slow cooker. 
  • Set on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours
  • Once cooked, remove the cinnamon sticks, the mulling spices and as much of the fruit as possible
  • Pour the remaining liquid into a blender (I do this in 2 batches), blend, and then pour through a fine mesh sieve (I actually used a nut milk bag), into a clean container
  • Pour the cider back into the slow cooker, and set to keep warm
  • Serve warm, and use some honey or maple syrup to sweeten if required (I usually find you don't need to as the fruit makes it sweet enough). Garnish with some cranberries and apple slices to make it pretty (optional)


Remember to tie the mulling spices into a little square of cheese-cloth to make it easily removable. If you don't have any, that's fine - just be sure to use a super fine mesh sieve to get all the 'bits' out of the cider


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.9g | Protein: 1.1g | Fat: 2.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 59mg | Fiber: 3.5g | Sugar: 21.1g