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Spicy Cranberry Warmer

 Spicy Cranberry Warmer
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
8-10 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.)
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 122 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 15 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.