12 Days of Christmas Cocktails: Hot Cranberry Cider

To be honest, I’m not a huge apple cider fan.  But when I saw this recipe for hot cranberry cider I knew I had to give it a try. This recipe comes from Paula Deen over at the Food Network, so you know it’s going to be good.  What’s fabulous about this cider is that it can be brewed in a coffee percolator if you have one, so it basically makes itself!  I, however, don’t own a fancy percolator so I just used a sauce pan.cranberry cider

Hot Cranberry Cider

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks, plus additional to use as stirrers
1 tablespoon whole cloves
6 cups cranberry juice
8 cups apple juice (I used cider as I already had a jug in my fridge)
Light rum, brandy, or bourbon, optional (optional?  who are we kidding?)

Combine ingredients (except alcohol) in a pan and heat until just simmering.  Turn down the heat and let the flavors muddle a bit.  Remove from heat and add your alcohol of choice (I used light rum).  Pour in to mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a few cranberries.

You could also transfer the heated mixture to a slow cooker to keep it warm if you’re serving for a crowd.

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If you’re intrigued by the possible use of a percolator you can check out Paula’s directions here.

What’s your favorite drink to warm up with during the holidays?  Leave us a comment and let us know!
~Laurie

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