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 cozy drink that holiday memories are made over year after year. A gorgeous ruby red and easy to make in the crock pot, it fills your home with all the warm aromas of the season and is perfect for holiday parties.
Crock Pot Apple Cranberry Cider
Every December, as the Christmas season begins, my family starts putting in their requests for what is fondly known at my house as simply the Christmas Drink. You might know it as Red Hot Cinnamon Cider or Hot Apple Cranberry Cider.
Whichever name you use, 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!
I’ll walk through an overview of ingredients & steps in this section along with helpful tips!
Look for specifics at the end of the post in the recipe card.
- cranberry juice
- orange juice
- apple juice
- Red Hot candies
- cinnamon sticks
- fresh cranberries and orange slices as garnish (optional)
How to Make This Christmas Drink
This is an 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.
The results are a hot Christmas drink that is as Christmas-y as Christmas itself.
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. I don’t know about you, but it’s beginning to look and smell a lot like Christmas!
Some Of My Serving Favorites When Celebrating with Red Hot Cranberry Cider
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Red Hot Cranberry Cider
- 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.