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Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider

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"Make some memories with the aromas of cinnamon, clove and lemon, mingled with hot apple cranberry cider. If desired, float a fresh lemon slice in each cup."

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Original recipe makes 25 (4 ounce) servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. In a large pot, combine apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves and lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove cinnamon, cloves, and lemon slices. Serve hot.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 23, 2005

This recipe is amazing. I mixed it early in the day and put it in a crock pot for about an hour before needing it. It made the whole house smell warm and festive. I will definately make this again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 07, 2005

This was just ok. It was a little too tart, even for my husband who is cranberry crazy. I would recommend using an orage instead of a lemon to cut down on the tartness. I did not do this but added more brown sugar. This helped some but made it a little too sweet.

Jul 11, 2005

Wonderful...only be careful with the lemon. If cooked too long it becomes to acidy. Next time I am only putting it in the individual cups.

Jan 25, 2004

I made this for a holiday party, and it was delicious. I was a little skeptical, so I also made plain apple cider. Everyone wanted the cranberry, and it was so easy to mix up that I am sure to make it again.

Nov 20, 2005

This was fantastic! I made it in a slow-cooker and it made the house smell heavenly. Because I didn't want it too tart, I didn't add the lemon, and added a few tablespoons of real maple syrup, which made all the difference. Next time I will only use 3 cinammon sticks, because I don't like cider that's so spiced that your mouth feels overwhelmed and I don't want to lose the flavor of the apples. Served this at a baby shower and the guests loved it.

Oct 10, 2005

This is a great spin on a cold-weather classic. I made something like this all last fall and winter, but have never thought of the lemon. I used 1 cup of frozen cranberries because I didn't have cranberry juice. Omitted the sugar, and yes it is very tart but that's how I like it. Cooked in the crockpot for a few hours this afternoon. The house smells heavenly!

Jan 25, 2004

Wonderful! I used 2 tsp cinnamon rather than the sticks. I will definitely make again!!

Sep 16, 2005

My family has enjoyed hot apple cider for years but this is now my favorite. A wonderful blend and great taste especially around the holiday's.


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  • Calories
  • 79 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 5 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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