Hot Cranberry Apple Cider

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A holiday celebration without hot mulled drinks is just incomplete to me. The fragrance is almost irresistible and just seems to make the holidays even more special. I like this version with a splash of spiced rum, but you can leave out the alcohol and still have a tasty mug of holiday cheer.

Make sure to check out the video I made for Betty Crocker featuring this cocktail!

[Updated December 2013.]

One of Saveur's Best of the Web recipes![Updates: December 2009, featured on in their Best of the Web section; December 2010, featured on]

Hot Cranberry Apple Cider
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Serves: 3-1/2 quarts
  • 2 quarts (1.89 liters) apple cider
  • 1-1/2 quarts (1.42 liters) cranberry juice (not cocktail, no sugar added)
  • 1/4 cup (28 g) packed brown sugar
  • 4 sticks cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps
  1. Combine all the ingredients in the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the fruit slices and spices. Garnish with two or three fresh slices of orange.
  3. Pour into stemmed mugs and add a shot of spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps. Serve hot.
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6 quart pot


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