“When our children were younger, I always made warm cider for Christmas Eve. This herbal version was a favorite. The kids are grown, but my husband and I still enjoy a mug or two during the holidays for old time’s sake.” —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Dried apricots give this comforting cider a friendly taste twist. Cranberries, cinnamon, allspice and cloves make it a perfect way to chase away the chill from cool nights.—Ginnie Busam, Pewee Valley, Kentucky
If you love apple pie, this tasty beverage was created just for you. The ice cream batter gives the sweet cider a smooth creamy texture. Make it an adult drink by stirring in a little brandy. —Connie Young, Pony, Montana
Patricia Aurand of Findlay, Ohio shares her warm, comforting cider with a twist of pineapple and citrus that's just perfect for the season. And this tangy treat will warm hands of all sizes, big or small.
When the weather is gray and cold, put a warm mug of this drink into mittened hands and watch little faces thaw into smiles. One tester noted, “It tastes like the holidays with a twist.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
An aromatic blend of spices flavor this superb wine-based beverage. It is served warmed and it's sweet fruity taste will warm you to your toes. This traditional Scandinavian recipe is serve during the holidays.—Sue Brown, West Bend, Wisconsin
Whipping up this tasty beverage for a gathering—large or small—is simple. All you have to do is combine the ingredients, then set the mix on the stove to simmer. "It's flavor is different from ordinary cider," pens Lois Fetting of Nelson, Wisconsin. "I served it at a group function, and everyone loved it!"
Every time I serve this wonderful hot beverage, someone asks for the recipe. Orange juice adds a bit of sweetness with red-hot candies are a fun substitute for traditional cinnamon sticks.
—Erika Reinhard of Colorado Springs, Colorado