Spicy Cranberry Warmer Recipe
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Spicy Cranberry Warmer Recipe

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Meet the Cook: Here in the High Sierras, my husband and I operate a small bed and breakfast inn. I like serving this drink to winter guests as they warm up in front of our stone fireplace - it's a favorite with everyone for its heavenly scent! It's also a standby when we host local groups, who frequently meet at our place. I learned to cook from my mother. I have been at it since I was a girl. My husband and I have six grown children and a total of 11 grandchildren. -Marlene Cartwright, Sierra City, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 4 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • Additional cinnamon sticks, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 122 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein .


  1. Place first three ingredients in a double thickness of cheesecloth. Bring up corners of cloth and tie with a kitchen string. Place with cider in a large saucepan. (Or, if desired, place loose spices in saucepan and strain before serving.)
  2. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in sugar and simmer for 5 minutes. Add cranberry juice and heat to simmering temperature. Serve hot in mugs. Garnish with cinnamon sticks if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Cranberry Warmer in Country Woman September/October 1992, p33

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Rosemary Swope 224185
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"This is great for those crisp fall days. Thank you for sharing."

zenalover 216296
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"Very good"

songbird42 27043
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"Substituted ground cinnamon and nutmeg for the cinnamon sticks and allspice, and then put those into a coffee filter inside of a tea strainer. It actually worked, too! Very good, my picky little brother even liked it. A bit sweet though, might use less brown suger next time."

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