Slow cooker cranberry apple cider with cinnamon
- 5 gala apples (about 2 pounds) ends removed and sliced 1/4-inch thick
- 1 navel orange peeled and cut into wedges
- 3/4 cup whole cranberries
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cups water
Apples are in season! Here in Massachusetts, September is prime time for picking apples at local orchards. A lot of varieties are grown here including honey crisp, gala, fuji, and golden delicious. My favorite kind is the gala apple — colorful on the outside, has a crisp texture, pleasantly sweet, and keeps well. Yesterday I picked up a huge bag of gala apples at the market so I’m looking forward to using them in my cooking this fall (like I did last year with this cinnamon apple yam bake).
Apple season always gets me excited about 2 things in particular: hot apple cider and apple cider donuts. ? I have lots of great memories in the past few years of visiting local Massachusetts farms, going on hayrides, and of course warming my gloved hands with a mug of hot apple cider and having one or two (or a bag) of apple cider donuts.
That leads me to this apple cider recipe. I’ve picked the slow cooker as the vessel of choice; apple cider deserves time to develop its flavors and the slow cooker allows you to do that but also be hands-off. All you need to do is toss in apples, an orange, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and water. Let it cook on high for 4 hours and then strain out the solids.
My favorite part about this recipe? The fact that you don’t need any processed ingredients to make this at home. No store-bought juices nor added sugar. It’s simple and it tastes amazing. ? This recipe will make 6 cups of apple cider, which you can drink right away and refrigerate any leftovers.