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Hot Cran-Apple Cider

 Hot Cran-Apple Cider
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.
6-8 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • Remove cinnamon sticks and fruit slices with a slotted spoon if
  • desired before serving. Ladle into mugs. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 126 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.