Holiday Spiced Cranberry Cider

This year we hosted Thanksgiving at our home and even though it was a busy day with many hours spent in the kitchen, I am always grateful for the opportunity to cook a memorable meal for my family. The recipes that I use are a combination of old and new favorites, some of my own and many that my mom cooked with when I was young. Now that I have children, one of my goals is to continue the old traditions while also starting new ones. This Spiced Cranberry Cider is part of the new recipe tradition we’ve started in our home and hopefully one that you will start too. It’s prepared in a crock-pot so it simmers for hours, filling your home with an aroma of the holidays. And the cran/apple duo…both tart and sweet, will remind you of comfort on a Fall/Winter Afternoon.

Drizzle in some caramel for a treat your children will love, or spike with a shot of spiced rum or butterscotch schnapps for an adult version that your guests are sure to enjoy. The combination was certainly a favorite in our home yesterday!

Holiday Spiced Cranberry Cider


8 packets spiced Apple Cider (Alpine)

6 Cups water

4-5 cups Cranberry Juice Cocktail

1 cup orange juice

4-5 Cinnamon Sticks (plus more for garnish)

4 whole cloves

1/2 an orange sliced into segments.

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

1/2 cup cinnamon

1 tsp cinnamon


Pour all liquid ingredients into crockpot.

Stir in packets of cider mix until dissolved.

Add in cinnamon sticks and cloves.

Cover with lid and cook on high until simmering.

Reduce heat to low and keep covered until ready to serve.

Line rim of mugs in orange segments and dip into cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Ladle Cranberry Cider into mug.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange slice or top with caramel and/or your favorite spirits.

Comfort in a glass!!

posh little tip

Double the recipe and make in large quantities for Fall and Winter celebrations.

A tradition from my home to yours.

Happy Holidays!


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