This post was sponsored by the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission. This recipe is pretty going into the cooker, makes your house smell amazing for a few hours, provides you with a tasty hot beverage, then later a delicious cold drink, all with just a few ingredients, and it's very easy to make. Does it get better than that? Well, yes it does, because you can enjoy those delicious Oregon blackberries from the freezer in the cold of winter!
To make this Blackberry Apple Cider you'll need:
- 5 – 6 of your favorite red apple (I used gala)
- 2 granny smith apples
- 4 cups frozen blackberries
- 4 sticks cinnamon (I used 4 long ones, and broke each in half)
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves (we like this with a strong clove flavor, but you can tone it down by using 1 teaspoon if you prefer it more subtle)
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
Quarter the apples (no need to peel or core) and drop into the slow cooker. Add the blackberries (holding out a few and keeping them frozen if you plan to serve this cold), the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Add water to within 1/2" of the top of the cooker, which was about 5 – 6 cups for me. Stir the spices down into the liquid. Isn't this pretty?
Cook on low for 4 hours. See how I forgot to mix the cinnamon into the liquid? It still managed to solidly infuse its flavor into the cider.
Mash everything with a potato masher. It doesn't have to be pretty or perfect.
Cook an additional 2 hours. Strain the mixture in a strainer lined with cheesecloth. Discard the solids. Add the brown sugar and stir until it's dissolved.
At this point, you can serve this cider hot, which is amazing.
You can also refrigerate it until it's cold, then mix the cider with an equal part of club soda for a sparkling blackberry cider.
Drop in a couple of the frozen blackberries. They'll help keep your drink cold without diluting it. So good!
I have a bottle of prosecco waiting in the fridge for Thanksgiving. We're planning to mix the blackberry cider with it in equal parts for an adult version of sparkling cider. I can't wait to try it!
Have a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!