"With only three ingredients this cherry cider is easy to make and festively sweet, making it and perfect for any family-friendly party."
There’s something about the winter months that always make me think of cherries. And by “something” I probably mean my absolute love for chocolate covered cherries – which, as I’m sure you know, are not “properly” stocked in stores (read: a whole aisle) until the Christmas season hits. I loved the candies as a child, and as an adult, I always like to have a box (or six) on hand for whenever a craving hits.
This love of cherries has expanded over the years, making cherry one of the few flavors I like to mix with other staples.
For example, when given the option, I’ll gladly order a cherry Coke over a regular Coke.
And like today’s recipe shows, when I’m asked to make spiced cider, I’ll happily whip up spiced cherry cider instead.
Those that follow this little food blog know how much I love a fun, colorful drink, and this cherry cider is no exception. The bold red color will go perfectly with any fall or winter holiday spread.
And let’s be honest here. Appetizers and dinners are great and all, but I really think having a stand-out drink is what makes or breaks a party. It’s one of those little details that are easy to overlook but awesome if you get it right.
Plus, I absolutely love that this is a slow cooker cider. You can set it and forget it while you’re whipping up everything else for the party.
And as for how this slow cooker cider tastes?
It is a drink that’s true to its name; the cherry flavor is front and center, ready to hold your attention. The cinnamon sticks add a hint of spice and the apple juice brings a sweetness that only cider can bring.
Trust me, this festive drink will be the talk of any holiday party!
notes & tips for this slow cooker spiced cider:
- This drink is meant to be family-friendly and includes no alcohol. But if you’re looking for something with more of a kick, you can easily spike it with some cherry vodka. If you’re making the full recipe, I recommend using anywhere from one cup or up to 750 ml (1 bottle). Once the cider has finished brewing, Add the vodka in one cup at a time and taste test it as you go. If you’d like more control over the alcohol content, you can add a touch of vodka to each glass while serving.
- If you’re in the market for a new crock pot, I highly recommend this one. It comes with three different bowl sizes!
- Can’t get enough of cherries? Then be sure to check out Cherry Blossom Cocktail, Very Cherry Moscow Mule, Cherry Pie Cookies, Berry Cherry Sangria, Chocolate Covered Cherry Popsicles, and Cherry Cheesecake Brownies.
Crock Pot Spiced Cherry Cider
With only three ingredients this cherry cider is easy to make and festively sweet, making it and perfect for any family-friendly party.
- 1 gallon apple cider can also use apple juice
- 6 oz cherry jello (2 3oz packages)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
In a 6 quart crock pot, add apple cider and cherry jello, then stir until jello seems dissolved (cider will appear bright red in color).
Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours.
Uncover cider and stir, then toss in cinnamon sticks.
Keeping temperature on HIGH, cover and cook cider for 1 more hour.
Before serving, remove cinnamon sticks from crock pot and give cherry cider a final stir. You can either set crock pot to warm and serve cider directly from the crock pot OR you can transfer cider to a pitcher. Caution, cider will be very hot - be sure to use a pitcher with a good handle!
Recipe from Taste of Home.