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Spicy Cranberry Warmer

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


8-10 servings

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


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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  • Rosemary Swope
    Apr 5, 2015

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

  • zenalover
    Dec 29, 2014

    Very good

  • songbird42
    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.