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apple cider with cranberries

Hot Apple Cider Recipe

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This is a cooked recipe.  If you make raw apple cider first, you can still make this recipe.  Just add your raw apple cider, instead of the chopped apples.


  • 4 pounds of apples, chopped (I used a mix of granny smith and gala)
  • 1 orange, chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup cranberries (optional)


  1. Place all items in pot, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, reduce heat to low. Cover and gently simmer for 2 hours.
  2. Once you have simmered for about 1 hour, mash the contents with a potato masher. Let that simmer for about another hour.
  3. Gently discard the big pieces of fruit, and strain cider through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth, and serve.


This cider freezes well. Place cider in a freezer-bag and freeze, or in a freezable container for up to 3 months.

You can also use the crockpot for this recipe! Place all ingredients in the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours and continue with the steps of straining.

  • Author: ReformationAcres