The lights are twinkling, and a crock pot full of Red Hot Cranberry Cider is filling the house with the wonderful holiday aromas of cinnamon and spices.  Made with cranberry, orange and apples juices and sweetened with Red Hot cinnamon candies, a piping hot cup of Red Hot Cranberry Cider is just the type of thing that holiday memories are made over year after year.  I don’t know about you, but it’s beginning to look, smell and taste a lot like Christmas! 

A hot drink for Brunch

Red Hot Cranberry Cider in the Crock Pot

Red Hot Cranberry Cider: Easy Crock Pot Recipe

  • cranberry juice
  • orange juice
  • apple juice
  • Red Hot candies
  • cinnamon sticks

A cup of red hot cranberry cider and a crock pot.

Every December, as the Christmas season begins, my family starts logging in their requests for what is fondly known at my house as simply Christmas Drink.  We never have a Christmas morning without a crock pot full of this simmering on the kitchen counter.  It’s as much as part of Christmas for us as the tree and all its trimmings.  It’s bright red color and the way its warm cinnamon waft and welcome friends and family make it a holiday celebration all by itself!

A cup of red hot cranberry cider with a crock pot in the background.

Not to mention its easy, one step recipe…  Yes, ONE step!  Pure cranberry juice, rounded out with apple and orange juice, goes straight into the crock pot with spicy Red Hot cinnamon candies and cinnamon sticks.  As the candies melt, they add a sweet cinnamon kick and the ruby red color to the cocktail of fruit juices.

2 cups of cranberry red hot cider with orange slices and fresh cranberries.

The results are a hot Christmas drink that is as Christmas-ey as Christmas itself.  

What You Might Need To Serve & Celebrate with Red Hot Cranberry Cider

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Red Hot Cranberry Cider

An easy crock pot recipe made with Red Hot candies, cranberry, orange and apple juices. A hot, festive Christmas drink that's easy to make!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot, Easy Recipe
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8


  • 4 C 100% Cranberry Juice no sugar added
  • 3 C apple juice
  • 3 C orangejuice no pulp
  • 1 C Red Hot candies
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • orange slices
  • fresh cranberries


  • Pour fruit juices into crock pot. Add candies and cinnamon sticks. Turn crock pot on high. Stir occasionally until candies are melted to make sure they don't stick to the bottom. When candies are melted and drink is hot, garnish with orange slices and fresh cranberries and serve.


***Pin this Red Hot Cranberry Cider Recipe!***Red Hot Cranberry Cider is an easy crock pot drink perfect for the holidays! Made with cranberry juice and Red Hot cinnamon candies, this party drink is festive red color and makes the house smell great!