Hot Cran-Apple Cider Recipe
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Hot Cran-Apple Cider Recipe

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This sparkly refreshing fruit drink is part of every holiday occasion I host. A tangy twist on plain apple cider, it fills the house with warm Christmas aromas as it simmers.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 3/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 medium navel orange
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 4 cups apple cider or juice
  • 3 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 126 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 16mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein


  1. Insert cloves into orange. Cut orange and lemon into slices. In a large saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients; add orange and lemon slices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove cinnamon sticks and fruit slices with a slotted spoon if desired before serving. Ladle into mugs. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Hot Cran-Apple Cider in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2004, p14

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Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"Loved this. Doubled it and simmered in crockpot."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"This is wonderful! A great change from hot chocolate or hot tea. And it makes your home smell like the holidays!"

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