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Hot Holiday Cider Recipe

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This warming, slightly tart cider is perfect for a holiday open house. It fills the room with a wonderful aroma.—Cindy Tobin, West Bend, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 8 cups apple cider or juice
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves


  1. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine cider, juices and sugar. Place cinnamon sticks, allspice and cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add to slow cooker.
  2. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until heated through. Discard spice bag. Serve warm. Yield: 16 servings (about 3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Hot Holiday Cider in Country Woman December/January 2010, p10

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"Once you make this once, you will be asked to bring it to every gathering you attend. That's what happened to me!"

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