Cranberry Apple Cider – Healthy Holiday Recipe

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 16, 2010

Fresh cranberries.

Whole cinnamon sticks.

Whole cloves.

100% apple juice.

Throw all this into a slow cooker, and you’ve got a healthy holiday drink from heaven!

Delicious-ness in a cup!

Cranberry Apple Cider


  • 1 64 oz. bottle 100% apple juice
  • 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
  • Handful whole cloves
  • Couple cinnamon sticks


  1. Pour the apple juice into the slow cooker.  Add the fresh cranberries, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks.
  2. Set on high for 4 hours. Strain the cranberries, cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.
  3. The cranberries will pop and release their tart juices.  The sweetness of the apple juice will balance it out.  If you wish for a sweeter cider, then add a few Tbsp of brown sugar to sweeten it up!
  4. Serve warm, straight of out the slow cooker.
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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Anita Chamblee November 16, 2010 at 11:10 pm

I think I’ll try this, but use the frozen whole cranberries in my freezer. Sounds wonderful!


Danny Dave November 17, 2010 at 10:11 am

This should be great. A healthy drink that tastes heavenly.


Heather H November 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I was going to make Wassil again this year, but I think I’ll try this! Thanks!


Crystal November 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm

This looks so yummy! I think we are having a cranberry apple theme this year, because I’m making cranberry apple compote as our cranberry sauce.


Gail November 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

This sounds great! Will it be ok or as tasty with this being leftover juice being cold in refrig?


Glenda November 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Okay since I’m frugal-minded, do you have a recipe of what we can do with the cranberries we strain out of the drink?????? PPPPPPPPPLLLLEASE?


Christi November 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I found you through Good Cheap Eats. I don’t think I’ll wait for Thanksgiving to try this!!


Lisa S. November 19, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Glenda, you could make a cranberry bread or hot cereal out of the leftover berries…


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