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Spicy Cranberry Drink

 Spicy Cranberry Drink
Red-hot candies add a little spice to this rosy beverage that's perfect for holiday buffets or winter potlucks. Serve it hot or cold. At 28 cents a serving, it's inexpensive, too. —Ruth Hastings, Louisville, Illinois
14 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts water, divided
  • 5 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup red-hot candies
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Lemon slices and additional cinnamon sticks

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring 1-qt. of water and cranberries to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until berries
  • begin to pop. Drain, reserving liquid and berries. Put berries
  • through a fine strainer or food mill. In a Dutch oven or large
  • kettle, combine the sugar, red-hots, lemon juice, cranberry liquid
  • and pulp, and remaining water.
  • Place cloves and cinnamon sticks on a double thickness of
  • cheesecloth. Bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a
  • bag; add to pan. Bring to a boil; stir until sugar and candies are
  • dissolved. Discard spice bag. Strain juice through a fine sieve or
  • cheese-cloth. Serve with lemon slices and additional cinnamon
  • sticks. Yield: 14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).