Slow Cooker hot apple cider with cranberries and cannabis

Published Dec 12, 2019 01:00 p.m. ET
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No matter what time of year it may be, apples are the one fruit that is never in short supply and remain cheap to buy, which probably has a lot to do with why it is one of the flavors that is associated with Christmas. Of course, you can always opt for a more traditional apple pie, but why not spice things up a notch with an all-natural boost of flavors that will warm you from the inside out and try this hot apple cider this year instead.

Nowadays fast food establishments remain open to serve the fast and furious crowds that can’t find the time to cook over the holidays, but gathering some slow cooker recipes can solve the time crunch and provide a healthy homemade dose of delicious food that makes you feel good and leaves you feeling full. Your drink menu should have the exact goal, especially if you plan on having busy guests wait for several hours before dinner, and that is where this hearty cranberry hot apple cider comes in.

Just don’t forget that this potent edible drink is quite strong, which is perfect for soothing anxiety and stress over the holidays but can be a bit too much for first-time consumers. As such, we recommend starting with half of a glass if you’re a beginner and work your way up.

Cranberry hot apple cider recipe

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours

Calories: 128

Servings: 10-15


  • 8 cups of apple juice
  • 3 cups of cranberry juice
  • ½ cup of cannabis tincture (more or less)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (crushed)


  • Cheesecloth
  • Slow cooker
  • Elastic (or twine)
  • Whisk
  • Ladle


  1. Start by laying out two sheets of cheesecloth, stacking them one on top of the other, to form a thick homemade bag.

  2. Now drop the cinnamon stick pieces and the cloves into the center of the cheesecloth and wrap up the pile using an elastic or twine to tie the bag so that none of the grounds can escape.

  • Toss the cheesecloth full of spices into the slow cooker.

  • Pour the cranberry and apple juice into the slow cooker then set it to medium heat.

  • Grab a whisk and slowly sprinkle the brown sugar into the crockpot stirring the mixture until the granules are completely dissolved.

  • Cover the slow cooker and let the mixture simmer for 2 full hours, stirring on occasion to avoid scalding as the sugar settles to the bottom.

  • After 2 hours have passed, open the slow cooker and retrieve the homemade spice bag. It has served its purpose and can now be disposed of.

  • Slowly pour in the cannabis tincture and give everything a stir and turn off the heat or set it to the lowest setting for warming only. At this temperature it can sit up to 12 hours, which means that all the guests that you host in a day can have access to fresh, steaming hot cranberry apple cider with a hint of cannabis, no matter how late they arrive.

  • Dosing recommendations

    It is important to remember that every cannabis edible will have an entirely different impact than you might expect from smoking flowers, and there are a few things that you should know before you decide to indulge or serve this type of drink to guests:

    • Edible goods can take up to 2 hours for the sensations to kick in, so even if you ingest a lot it can take a while before you start to feel anything. Because of this, it is recommended to stick to one serving every 2 hours maximum, until you can assess how you handle the different method of ingestion.

    • Edibles tend to produce effects that are much stronger than smoking any kind of cannabis concentrate, so you should expect similar sensations, only intensified.

    • The effects of cannabis edibles treats can last much longer than smoking, taking up to 12 hours to leave the system, and it can influence the consumer that entire time. Hence, it would be best to never make plans to drive a motor vehicle or work in an unsafe environment within 12 hours of consuming edibles.

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