December 23rd, 2011

Cranberry Spiced Cider

I love making warm cider at the holidays, and this Cranberry Spiced Cider is always a hit on a chilly winter’s night.

Cranberry Spiced Cider
I think I enjoy the smell of this cider simmering as much as I enjoy the taste. This warm, comforting drink has the usual blend of spices, along with the bright, fruity flavors of cranberry, orange and lemon. It’s a unique twist on a classic holiday drink.

If you prefer, you can keep this cider warm in a slow cooker–that’s what I usually do.  It’s so easy to whip up a batch, and it makes the whole house smell like Christmas!

This aromatic beverage is perfect for parties, or just relaxing at home with loved ones. It’s sure to become a Christmas-time favorite!

Cranberry Spiced Cider

Preparation 10 min 2017-04-28T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 2 hr 2017-04-28T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 1     adjust servings


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Peel of 1 large orange
  • Peel of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • Cheesecloth, or large coffee filter + kitchen twine


  1. Combine apple cider, fresh cranberries and cinnamon stick in a large pot.
  2. Place orange and lemon peels, along with cloves, inside of a cheesecloth, or a coffee filter and tie shut with kitchen twine.
  3. Place the tied bag in the pot along with the cider. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low to keep warm. Simmer for at least 2 hours before serving.

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cranberry spiced cider

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  1. This looks and sounds delicious! I can imagine the great aroma when making it. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Looks lovely!

  3. Thanks for posting this. I gave up alcohol on August 31, and I’ve been looking for some nice evening drink recipes to replace my missed vodka martini. This will fit the bill nicely year-round. Happy New Year! Gary


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