Sweet, tangy and perfectly spiced. This Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider is perfect for any holiday gathering!
I love a good apple cider, though I rarely make it myself. I was sipping on apple cider at World Market the other day, savoring every sip. Wow the things that can make me happy, haha. This Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider has so much more flavor than plain apple cider! The tanginess from the cranberry and sweetness from the apples is a perfect pair. Also the use of whole spices in this cider gives it a unique flavor.
I have never used star anise before. You can see the star anise below, it looks like an 8 sided star. It’s slightly licorice tasting, I HATE licorice, but this was really subtle, and tasted good with the clove and cinnamon. Star Anise is one of the flavorings in Chinese Five Spice, which I love!
I love the pretty color of this cider! I got out my clear Crate and Barrel mugs and saucers which have been collecting dust.
I will be back on Friday with the Vintage Slow Cooker Recipe of the Month! I also have a great fall recipe scheduled for next Monday, so stay tuned! I can’t believe the holidays are just around the corner, I already feel overwhelmed! Have a great week!
Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider
- 1 64-oz bottle Ocean Spray Cran-Apple Juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5 whole cloves
- 2 star anise pods
- Apple slices I use Gala
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- Add everything to a 4 quart or larger slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or until heated.
- Serve and enjoy!
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