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Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider

by Laura

In the fall and winter, I love a good hot drink. Whether it’s wassail, hot chocolate, or a cider like this slow cooker cranberry apple cider, I’m there. I just love how it can warm you up on a cold day.

This hot drink is easy to make because you can just let it simmer in your slow cooker. I also love the idea that there is no added sugar to this one too. If you must, you can always add a little if you need it, but I love it the way it is.

This drink does include anise which can be strong. Most people either love anise or hate it. I’m not a huge fan, but in the right recipe, it can work so well. I love it in this drink. This also includes cran-apple juice, cinnamon, cloves, apple slices, and fresh cranberries.

If you are opposed to anise, this slow cooker cranberry apple cider would still be amazing if you leave it out. I also love having the floating cranberries and apple slices in this drink. I just makes it look more fun. You can also add a cinnamon stick for serving.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider

  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 (64 oz) bottle Cran-Apple Juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise pods, optional
  • 12 apples, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries


  1. Add all of the above ingredients into your slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours. Makes 8 servings.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
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Recipe adapted from The Magical Slow Cooker.

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