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
Yields 3/4 gallon
Slow-Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider
5 minPrep Time
4 hrCook Time
4 hr, 5 Total Time
- 10-12 medium apples, assorted types (I used a mixture of all kinds of apples)
- 1 orange
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons whole cloves
- 10-14 cups water
- 1/2 cup Maple syrup or (honey, brown sugar, etc...)
- Wash the apples and orage and roughly cut them into quarters, no need to remove seeds or stems. Place the cut fruit and spices in the bowl of your slow cooker. Add water until it's about an inch from the top of the bowl. Cook on high for 4 hours.
- When you have an hour left in the cooking process, use a potato masher or a large spoon to crush and mash the apples and then let them continue to cook.
- After 4 hour strain the cider to remove all of the fruit. (with pasta stranger first, then a finer strainer second)
- Give your slow cooker bowl a quick rinse to remove any extra pieces of fruit or spices and then return the strained cider to the bowl. Heat on low heat and add sweetener of your choosing, such as brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste, stirring well to combine. Serve warm with additional orange slices and cinnamon sticks as a garnish.