Pomegranate Apple Cider Recipe

21 ounces
15 min

Learn how to make this delicious pomegranate apple cider recipe for your next holiday party. This warm winter drink is easy to make on the stove top or in a slow cooker or crockpot. And your guests will love the flavor combination of pomegranate, apple cider and warm spices that give it a unique and complex flavor. For the adults, add some rum or whiskey for a pomegranate hard cider recipe as a fun twist on a spiked mulled cider.

Spiced apple cider is a popular drink from fall through the holiday season and into the new year, but this pomegranate apple cider recipe is a twist on the classic recipe. It’s made similar to a spiced apple cider, but the pomegranate juice gives it a unique flavor that your guests are sure to love.

This winter drink recipe is also easy to turn into a pomegranate hard cider recipe. You can add alcohol to the entire recipe after it is finished cooking. However, you can also add it by the cup if there are children present or adults who won’t be drinking.

Stove Top or Slow Cooker Pomegranate Apple Cider

You can make this pomegranate apple cider recipe on the stove or in a slow cooker. If you make it on the stove, it will be ready in about 20 minutes. The slow cooker mulled cider recipe takes two to four hours to cook.

Personally, I prefer to use the slow cooker for this mulled spice winter drink, especially if it’s for a large group of people. I think letting the juice and spices cook longer gives it more flavor and depth. This also allows me to make it well before my guests arrive, so I am not rushing to make it while I have company.

Pomegranate Hard Cider Recipe

It’s easy to make a pomegranate hard cider recipe. Simply add 1 cup of either rum or whiskey to this recipe after you’ve cooked the spices with the juices. When I make this in the slow cooker, I turn the slow cooker off or on the keep warm setting after I add the alcohol.

You can also set out a bottle of rum or whiskey. Your guests can add their desired amount to each cup to customize this winter drink.

Pomegranate Apple Cider Recipe
Recipe details
  • 21  ounces
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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  • 16 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 4 cups water or apple cider
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 5 sweet cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise star pods
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves

Place the cinnamon sticks, anise stars and whole cloves in a spice ball or cheesecloth.
In a large pan or in a slow cooker, combine the pomegranate juice, water or apple cider, brown sugar, orange juice, lemon juice and the spices.
If cooking on the stove, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove spices and serve.
If cooking in a slow cooker, heat on low for 2 to 4 hours.  Remove spices and serve.
  • To make hard pomegranate cider, add 1 cup rum or whiskey after you remove the spices, just prior to serving.
Rebecca D. Dillon
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