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Hot Holiday Cider

Hot Holiday Cider

Hot Holiday Cider

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Hot Holiday Cider
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Course: BeveragesDifficulty: Easy



Hot apple cider with holiday spices, cranberry and lemon.


  • 2 quarts apple cider, divided

  • 1 stick of cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

  • 2-inch slice of lemon, including peel

  • 1 quart cranberry juice cocktail

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 12 additional cinnamon sticks, for serving (optional)

  • additional lemon or orange slices, whole cranberries, or other garnishes for serving (optional)


  • In a large saucepan, put 2 cups of the cider (reserve the rest).
  • Add the nutmeg, cinnamon stick and lemon.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes but do not boil.
  • Strain to remove the spices, then add the sugar, cranberry juice and the remaining cider and heat.
  • Serve hot. For a festive presentation, put one stick of cinnamon in each guest’s mug, or additional cranberries or citrus slices (optional).


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This is a keeper! excellent for Christmas gatherings.
- A Baker

Great the first time around but don't reheat.
- A Baker
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