Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Apple Cider + Texas State Fair
The simplest ingredients can make the biggest impact on our senses. Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Apple cider is one of them.
Hands down, this is my favorite thing to simmer in the slow cooker on a chilly Fall State Fair day!
Texas State Fair
We wanted something warm and nourishing to sip on the Uber ride there, and this cider hit the spot. I grew up going to the fair in North Carolina, so I thought I had seen my fair share of unhealthy fair food. Texas gets outrageously creative with a menu of over 30 different types of deep fried items. *Gasp!*
When we strolled through the vendor area I couldn’t help but to notice that the air felt denser from the grease. Holy WOW! Everything is bigger in Texas, including cholesterol levels.
It doesn’t completely feel like I was at the fair until I have powdered sugar all over my face from a funnel cake. Mmm…
I skipped out on the fried Jell-O and deep fried bacon burger sliders on a stick. <-(Yeah, that exists!)
Old Fashion Apple Cider
This post ended up being Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Apple Cider instead of Old Fashion Apple Cider because I had extra cranberries from a healthy cranberry sauce recipe I made.
So, take away the cranberries, and you have old fashion Apple Cider. 🙂 😉
You can use cider for so many other things besides just drinking it. You can make cocktails with it, braise meat in it, or just warm up a pot full to make your house smell good. A few ways to I like to enjoy Apple Cider are…
Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail
1 oz dark rum or brandy, 2 oz cider. Stir gently then top with champagne.
Rim the glasses with cider and brown sugar.
Apple Cider Sangria
- 750 ml Pinot Grigio (1 bottle)
- 2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
- 1 cup club soda
- 1/2 cup giner brandy
- 3 sweet apples (pink lady, honey crisp), chopped
- 3 pears, chopped
Combine, stir very well and serve chilled.
Live from the Texas Star Ferris Wheel