With only three ingredients, this stunning cherry cider is easy to make and festively sweet, making it and perfect for any family-friendly party or movie night.
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About Crock Pot Spiced Cherry Cider
Chilly weather calls for hot drinks, and cider is an absolute classic.
But what about spiced cider? Or better yet, cherry spiced cider?
Cherries are another great fruit to enjoy during the holidays, and it really kicks up traditional cider up a notch or two.
Plus, I absolutely love that this is a slow cooker cider. You can set it and forget it and enjoy it when you’re ready for a warm, comforting drink.
What’s in crock pot spiced cherry cider?
This is a “quick” recipe for cherry cider, so the ingredients are designed to save time and keep things simple.
To make this drink, you’ll need:
- Bottled apple cider (any brand will do, whether it’s store-bought or sourced locally)
- Cherry jello mix
- Cinnamon sticks
Is it okay to drink jello mix?
One of the most common questions I see is whether or not it’s okay to drink jello mix, and, yes. It’s totally safe to drink jello mix.
Nothing “special” happens to the ingredients when jello becomes firm gelatin other than, well, it’s now jello as we know it and no longer a liquid. The ingredients are just as safe to consume in liquid form as they are in full-fledged gelatin form.
How long does crock pot cider last?
Once made, it’s best to drink this cider as soon as possible. Leftovers are hard to keep, since it would need to be refrigerated and you run the risk of the cider firming up into jello due to the jello mix.
However, if you like the idea of spiced cherry cider jello, feel free to refrigerate some and enjoy it later! I haven’t tried this myself but, in theory, it should work. Just be sure to double-check the package instructions of the jello you purchased to see if there’s anything else you’d need to do to ensure the success of creating jello from this cider recipe.
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!
More great recipes with cherries
How to make cherry cider at home
Step 1 – In a crock pot, pour in the apple cider (or apple juice) and the cherry jello mix.
Step 2 – Cover the crock pot and cook for three hours.
Step 3 – Add cinnamon sticks to the crock pot, give it a stir, then cover.
Step 4 – Cook for one more hour.
Step 5 – Serve and enjoy!
Crock Pot Spiced Cherry Cider
- 1 gallon apple cider, can also use apple juice
- 6 ounce cherry gelatin, (2 3oz packages)
- 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!
I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.