As the holidays are approaching and you are on the search for new favorite holiday recipes, this cranberry cider is guaranteed to be a hit!
My Love for Cranberry Cider
As the holidays are approaching along with cooler weather, my first thoughts are what warm and delicious drinks to make, and what sweet baked goods to bake!
The other thing that gives me inspiration is that Hallmark Christmas movies are now airing! Which is one of my most FAVORITE things about the Christmas season!
For me, the holiday season officially begins when Hallmark starts playing their Christmas movies! So from now until New Years, I will be enjoying Christmas movies, baking, and more Christmas movies!
So now, back to the cranberry cider! Cranberry Cider is my go to holiday drink the entire holiday season. And often all throughout the year.
It is so good that I don’t only make it for the holidays but I make it whenever I want a sweet, spiced, flavorful, and delicious drink.
In the warm months, I will even serve it over ice. But, for the holiday months, I serve it warm, because who doesn’t want a nice warm holiday drink while they’re watching a Hallmark Christmas movie!
How to Make Cranberry Cider
Now that I hope you are inspired to make cranberry cider, here is how you do it!
First, fill a large 4 qt. saucepan with 3 1/2 qts of water. Add in a 12 oz. package of fresh cranberries, 4 cinnamon sticks, and 3 whole cloves.
Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 25 minutes.
After simmering for 25 minutes, strain out the cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.
Then, add in 2 cups of sugar and the juice of 2 fresh oranges, or 1/4 cup of orange juice.
As a variation I also like to add in 2 cups of apple juice. The apple juice is optional and the recipe is still delicious with or without it.
After everything is mixed together, keep warm for serving or pour the cranberry cider into a heat resistant container to store in the fridge.
Enjoy this great holiday drink, and have a wonderful and blessed holiday season!
- 3 1/2 qts. water
- 12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 3 whole cloves
- 2 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. orange juice (or juice of 2 fresh oranges)
- 2 c. apple juice optional
Add the water into a large 4 quart saucepan, along with the fresh cranberries, cinnamon sticks and cloves.
Bring the mixture to a boil, and then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 25 minutes.
- If using fresh oranges, juice two oranges in a fruit juicer and set juice aside.
Strain the cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and cloves from the mixture. Then mix in the sugar, orange juice, and apple juice (optional).
- Enjoy hot, or store in a heat resistant container in the fridge for later.