Slow Cooker Berry Cider is a heavenly hot crockpot party punch that's perfect for the holidays made with spiced apple cider and frozen berries!
This post was sponsored by Oregon Berries but all opinions are 100% my own.
Why this recipe works:
This warm berry cider is just about the easiest holiday entertaining recipe you can find.
Everyone knows hot apple cider is a holiday entertaining necessity, but have you ever added Marion Blackberries and Red Raspberries to your cider?
The end result is the most insanely rich and delicious slow cooker berry cider that tastes like a berry pie. It's perfectly sweetened from the spiced apple cider, and made perfectly tart from the Oregon Marion Blackberries and Red Raspberries.
The slow cooker cider is perfect for holiday entertaining, whether it be a formal cocktail party, an ugly sweater gift exchange, or a holiday dinner.
One of the best parts is that this recipe is completely kid friendly, but you can easily make an adult version by adding a hefty splash of your favorite boozy beverage. When I served this at our party over the weekend, I set out vodka and spiced rum so that my guests could spike their hot cider according to their taste preferences.
Here's how to make it:
- The basic idea is that you combine equal parts of spiced apple cider with frozen berries in the crockpot. Let them cook together for at least an hour.
- Then, all you need to do is strain the berries to remove the fleshy pulp and seeds. Don't worry - all of their intense flavor will remain in the cider and if you have chickens and goats like I do, feeding them the seeds and pulp is the best treat!
Fresh or frozen?
Fall and winter is typically the time you would want to enjoy a warm cider, and that is exactly when fresh berries are not in season.
Since you're turning the berries into a warm beverage, frozen berries work the same, if not better, than fresh berries. Why? Because frozen berries are flash frozen at the peak of their ripeness, so they usually have a ton of great flavor.
How to serve:
I love serving this hot berry cider with a spoonful of sweetened whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
If you love berries, here are some of my favorite berry recipes.
- summer berry pie
- berry bread pudding
- easy quadruple berry cobbler
- berry sangria
- Pork Tenderloin with a savory balsamic Raspberry Sauce
- Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
- Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
- Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
- Strawberry Lemonade Whiskey Sour
- Classic Strawberry Shortcake
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
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Slow Cooker Berry Cider
- 4 cups spiced apple cider
- 2 cups frozen Oregon raspberries
- 2 cups frozen Oregon marion berries
- 1 cup whipped cream
- Optional: spiced rum or vodka
- Combine spiced apple cider and frozen Oregon berries in the crockpot and heat on high for one hour. Strain hot cider through a fine mesh sieve and add strained cider back to the crockpot.
- Keep berry cider on warm or low setting (depending on how hot you want it). Top with whipped cream and cinnamon to serve.
This post was originally published in December 2017 and has been updated with helpful information and cooking tips. Don't worry - I didn't change the recipe!