Hot Cranberry Citrus Drink Recipe
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Hot Cranberry Citrus Drink Recipe

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This lovely rosy drink, with its appealing fresh fruit flavor, is not too sweet or too tart. I sometimes serve this hot beverage at Christmas or at brunch gatherings as an alternative to coffee, tea or cold juice. -Shari Donaldson, Cummings, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 109 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring cranberries and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5-7 minutes or until berries pop. Stir in the remaining ingredients; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.
  2. Strain through cheesecloth; discard pulp and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm. Yield: 3 quarts.
Originally published as Hot Cranberry Citrus Drink in Taste of Home December/January 2002, p33

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jmrssr User ID: 1817248 83395
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"I don't usually review recipes, but felt I had to do something to balance the 1 star comment. This is my go-to holiday and cold-day party drink. It's not overly sweet like cider can be, and I like it because it's different (and a pretty color). Do try!"

oakwood1840 User ID: 4257153 40210
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"This had no flavor...I had to add other juices and sugar. It's a lot of work and quite a disappointment."

FACSteacher User ID: 759865 33736
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"This is a favorite of our family around the holidays. Warms you from the inside out with great flavor!"

t1clarke User ID: 1673770 33732
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"I love this drink, especially on a cold day!"

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