Orange Cranberry Mulled Cider (a la Slow Cooker)

Every year starting in late October I make this apple cider.  It’s so very simple and effortless, but I still receive numerous compliments and requests for the recipe.


  • 5 cups of apple cider
  • 5 cups of cranberry juice
  • 4 oranges, sliced and sectioned
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar to taste
  • 2 t whole allspice (whole preferred but ground is ok)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 t cloves, whole


  1. Place all of the spices in a coffee filter and tie with a string (make sure this is not a colored string).
  2. Stir briefly.
  3. Add the filter and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  4. Add the oranges and cook on low for an additional 1-2 hours.
  5. Turn the slow cooker to warm, remove the filter, stir, and add additional sugar, if needed.
  6. Serve warm, and go a-wassailing (without the alcohol!).

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  1. 1

    Oh my goodness! I have to try this!

  2. 2

    This sound declicous!

  3. 3

    I am not a big fan of cider, but this sounds good.

  4. 4
    Sari Berry says:

    This looks great – and I bet it makes your house smell amazing too!

  5. 5

    this looks so yummy

  6. 6

    This looks amazing! Now I wonder how I might make this an adult beverage also… hmm. The oranges sound like the perfect touch.

  7. 7

    Oh my! Saving the recipe for the fall. Looks delicious.

  8. 8
    Blair Gwin says:

    I love this! I am making this for fall this year! I just pinned it so that I wouldn’t forget!

  9. 9

    My in-laws serve their version of apple cider in the crock pot during the holidays – apple juice (flavored like cider) and a clove studded orange in the crock pot. It’s inexpensive, but I bet this cranberry version is way better! Thanks for sharing, maybe I’ll pull it out this holiday season.

  10. 10

    Ohhhh my!!! I have to try this soon!!!

  11. 11
    Maryann D. says:

    This looks like something I would love to try. I am sure the aroma is absolutely wonderful too!


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