Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider

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This Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider will make your taste buds dance! Simmer this mulled drink on the stove for 10 minutes and serve hot at your next holiday party. It’s one of the best apple recipes to make on a chilly fall night.

spiced cranberry apple cider in a copper mug

Flip Flops and Sunshine.

Really, November?

Thanksgiving is only one week away and we’re expecting 70 degrees this week here in Ohio.

Now I’m not complaining. I’ll take 70 and sunny anytime of the year. In fact, looking into the next week, it looks like the bottom is falling out on the temperatures. I’m sure we’ll be cozy under blankets in front of the fire in no time.


Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider

When those cool temperatures do blow in, you can bet I want a hot drink in my hands. One of my favorite holiday drink recipes is spiced cranberry apple cider.

Slightly tangy, a little sweet…full of the flavors that whisper “Christmas”.

In under 20 minutes you’ll be keeping warm with a tangy spiced cranberry apple cider.

Mulled Cider Recipe Notes

This spiced cranberry apple cider recipe is versatile. You can:

  • Simmer the mulled cider in your crockpot all day if you’d like (no candle needed for a fragrant home!).
  • Adjust the amount of sugar to make it healthier.
  • Add more white or brown sugar if you’d like it sweeter. We prefer the cider a little tangy, so we go easy on the sugar.
  • Use whole cinnamon sticks, allspice and cloves while the cider is simmering, then strain out those spices for a smooth, sweet drink.

Have some cranberries on hand? Throw a couple in the top of the cups for a holiday look. Your guests will think you spent hours on this cranberry apple cider, but you’ll know the secret. 😉

Don’t wait for those snowflakes. It could be awhile.

Cozy up with this hot drink recipe tonight!

moscow mule mug full of spiced cranberry apple cider, garnished with whole cinnamon sticks and fresh cranberries

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Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider

4.63 from 8 votes
Make your taste buds dance with this easy Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider. Simmer this mulled drink on the stove for 10 minutes and serve hot at your next holiday party. 
Servings 14 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

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  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1 1/2 quarts 100% cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup white sugar to taste
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar to taste
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 3 sticks cinnamon broken into pieces


  • Pour the apple cider and cranberry juice into a large saucepan.
  • Add the sugar and spices.
  • Bring to a low boil and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the spices, then discard them.
  • Serve the apple cider warm.



This recipe makes 14 8-ounce servings.
Store the cranberry apple cider in a Thermos bottle or a slow cooker to keep it warm.


Calories: 129kcal
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Calories 129

apple spiced cider pouring into a cup

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4.63 from 8 votes (7 ratings without comment)
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Rebekka English
2 years ago

1 teaspoon whole cloves of what? Hope this gets a response want to make it right.

3 years ago

Could you replace apple cider with regular apple juice?

Megan McCarty
4 years ago

Could this recipe be chilled and have the same overall taste or is it one of those drinks that changes flavor as it cools? (I find yea, water, cocoas, and coffees have different flavors at different temperatures) I live in Louisiana and I’m trying to bring something unique, but refreshing to the holiday.

6 years ago

Every winter we serve this hot, in our slow cooker. I think everyone will be going nuts over it this year, because of your wonderful recipe. Its sounds amazing .

7 years ago

5 stars
Wow, the pictures turned out gorgeous! Apple cider is the best!

Alma Vorrei
7 years ago

This was a big hit at our house. Everyone goes nuts when I bring this to cooler weather parties. It’s always a hit and “good until the last drop”!