Drinks | December 7, 2019

Cranberry Cider

I make this hot spiced cranberry cider every year. It’s perfect for the cooler months. Delicious cranberry juice, sweet apple juice, brown sugar, cloves and cinnamon. It’s so easy but taste so gourmet no one would believe how simple it is.

WAYS TO MAKE SPICED CRANBERRY CIDER

You can make this a few different ways. The key is to make sure the spices are infused into the juices.

  • simmer on the stove-top
  • slow-cooker
  • pressure cooker

MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE CRANBERRY CIDER

You will need your form of cooking – so either a large stock pot or your cooker. While you can put in whole cloves in as is I recommend using cheesecloth, tea bag  or a tea strainer to hold them together in the pot. This allows the flavor to seep throughout the cider without having to strain the cider after.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR CIDER

  • Cranberry juice
  • Apple juice
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves

MAKING YOUR CRANBERRY SPICED CIDER

I’m telling you its ridiculously easy! (yay right?) Simple combine all the ingredients and simmer….

Add you juices, brown sugar and cinnamon sticks.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CINNAMON STICKS FOR GROUND CINNAMON?

Yeah, it will work, but it won’t have the same delicious earthy flavor as a simmered cinnamon stick. \

WHERE CAN I FIND CINNAMON STICKS?

You can usually find cinnamon sticks 1 of two places in your grocery store.

  1. 1.They will be in your spice isle where the bottle will look similar to mine.
  2. 2. Check in by the mexican spices. They are often in clear plastic bags with paper tabs.
  3. 3. I love grabbing mine at costco, a wholesale store. They come longer skinnier and have the best price.

WHERE CAN I FIND WHOLE CLOVES?

I have not had a hard time finding whole cloves, thank goodness! They also are at your grocery store spice isle.

NEXT add your cloves and stir.

COOKING IT IN THE PRESSURE COOKER

If you are pressure cooking your cranberry cider you can cook it on high for 15 minutes and let it natural release. If your pressure cooker has a slow cook function let it cook like a slow-cooker.

COOKING IN THE SLOW-COOKER

Combine all the ingredients and let cook on low for 4-6 hours.

SIMMERING ON THE STOVE

In a large stock pot combine all the ingredients and bring to a bowl then turn down and  let simmer on low for about 2+ hours.

SERVE HOT

This drink is a hot drink, meant to be served warm to your friends. Serve with some great cookies, or warm bread.

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5 from 1 vote
ladle pour cider into a mug
Cranberry Spiced Cider
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
 

Feel warmed and refreshed after drinking this. It's even better when you're cozied up in a blanket and a book! 

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas drink, cranberry spiced cider
Servings: 12
Calories: 152 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tablespoon whole cloves
  • 8 cups cranberry juice
  • 6 cups apple juice
  • *optional- Cheesecloth or tea strainer
Instructions
  1. combine and stir all ingredients

    COOKING IT IN THE PRESSURE COOKER

    If you are pressure cooking your cranberry cider you can cook it on high for 15 minutes and let it natural release. If your pressure cooker has a slow cook function let it cook like a slow-cooker. 

    COOKING IN THE SLOW-COOKER

    Combine all the ingredients and let cook on low for 3-6 hours. 

     

    SIMMERING ON THE STOVE

    In a large stock pot combine all the ingredients and bring to a bowl then turn down and  let simmer on low for about 2+ hours.

    SERVE HOT

    This drink is a hot drink, meant to be served warm to your friends. 

  2. *you may put cloves in cheese cloth or tea strainer to make serving easier. Or strain before serving.

Recipe Notes

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CINNAMON STICKS FOR GROUND CINNAMON? 

Yeah, it will work, but it won't have the same delicious earthy flavor as a simmered cinnamon stick. 

 

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Spiced Cider
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 152 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 261mg7%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 76IU2%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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