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, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 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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kafaughn User ID: 3552105 238176
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

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

OneNonBlonde User ID: 6418661 104273
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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