The Mix Cranberry Cider

This cider will have your house smelling like fall.

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.

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Becky Hardin is the recipe developer, photographer and owner of thecookierookie.com. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook and Family Circle.

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