Cranberry Orange Cider: From Fall to Festive

An update in the drink area…

I know I haven’t been posting as many drink recipes lately. I’m sorry! I’m juggling a lot of different ideas right now. I’ve got this brand new blog and the world is my oyster. I have so many ideas to share with you guys for the next– well, however long I’m here. Anyway. I’m here to make your cider festive! Introducing, cranberry orange cider! So many different flavors it’s going to be like a party in your mouth.

‘Tis the season to put cranberries in everything, and I mean everything. I’ve got some other ideas that I am going to take to my test kitchen (i.e. my kitchen) to make sure they are the best and the best tasting too! So be sure to come back during the holiday season for more recipes. 🙂

Cranberries are one of the tastiest garnishes! 🙂

I love cranberries. They are sweet, tart, and bitter all at the same time. They add a unique flavor to both savory and sweet dishes. This time, I’m adding them to my drink and it’s going to be great.

The best part about this drink is that it contains no added sugar. Of course, there is plenty of sweet coming from the apples, oranges and cranberries. To balance that out, I added some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Y’know, things you find in apple pie spice and then some.

I made this on the stove and drank it straight from there, but feel free to keep it warm in a slow cooker. Just be sure to strain out the seeds before pouring it in, otherwise yore going to be chewing your cider, and no one chews their cider. That’s just wrong.

What do you think of the recipe? What other drinks do you want me to try next? Let me know in the comments below!



Cranberry Orange Cider

  • Yield about 2 cups
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Goods you need

  • 1/2 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 navel oranges
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • dash of Allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Let's get to it!

  1. Place a medium sauce pot on medium heat. Rinse cranberries and place into pot.

  2. Prepare your oranges. If you want extra orange flavor, zest your oranges before you juice them. If not, juice your oranges and pour the juice into the pot. Do not worry if pulp falls into the juice; everything will be strained out. Allow the cranberries and orange juice to come to a simmer, allowing the cranberries to pop. Stir frequently.

  3. Once the pot has come to a simmer, put in the apple cider, water, cinnamon stick, and spices. Stir to combine. Allow liquid to come to a boil, stirring occasionally.

  4. Once liquid is hot, strain out the large pieces and serve. If you are going to keep it warm over a longer period, place liquid in a slow cooker on low with cinnamon stick. Add hot water to preference if the flavor is too strong.

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