This stovetop cranberry cider is the ideal recipe to warm up cold autumn nights. Sip it by the fire while gathering together for the holidays or even just after a long day. It makes a warming sip, and making it also fills your home with the delicious aromas of fall.
Anytime we have people over for a fall get-together, you’re sure to find this cider on the stove. When we head to holiday parties, I love to bring it along in a slow cooker. The addition of cranberry juice makes it a bit unique and extra festive, rather than a more traditional apple cider. This recipe is alcohol-free, but add 1 to 2 cups of bourbon or vodka to taste after reducing to a simmer if you really need to warm up.
Stovetop Cranberry Cider
You can easily halve this recipe if you’re not serving a large party.
Serves | 20 |
- 4 quarts spiced apple cider (128 oz)
- 2 quarts cranberry juice (64 oz)
- 3 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
- 2 oranges, sliced, plus more for garnish
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 2 apples, sliced and deseeded
| Preparation | In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, combine all ingredients. Bring to a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer and cover, 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Using a slotted spoon, remove cloves and cinnamon sticks; transfer to a slow cooker to keep warm for a party, or serve warm directly from stovetop. Garnish each serving with an orange slice and cinnamon stick and serve.