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Hot Spiced Cranberry Drink

I serve this rosy spiced beverage at parties and family gatherings during the winter. Friends like the tangy twist it gets from Red Hots. It's a nice change from the usual hot chocolate. —Laura Burgess, Ballwin, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    14 servings (3-1/2 quarts)


  • 8 cups hot water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 12 whole cloves, optional
  • 1/2 cup Red Hot candies


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine water, sugar and juices; stir until sugar is dissolved. If desired, place cloves in a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add spice bag and Red Hots to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for until heated through, 2-3 hours. Before serving, discard spice bag and stir punch.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 155 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Dawn
    Oct 1, 2020

    I made this recipe and it was delicious! I don't have a slow cooker, so I simmered the beverage for 1-1/2 hours on my stovetop in my 6-Qt. stockpot. I didn't have the FULL amount of cranberry juice, so I added Strawberry-Watermelon juice and cinnamon disc candies (1/2 cup).

  • MissKarla
    Oct 7, 2016

    Served this at my work's Christmas potluck. I had requests for the recipe. I kept it on warm in the crockpot after it heated through. Will definitely make this again.

  • GMuellerX2
    Jun 23, 2013

    This is a delicious drink for your guest when they visit.