Cranberry Cider

What are the two most popular Thanksgiving fruits?

Apples and cranberries! Right? Maybe not the cranberries, but it’s literally the only time of year they get any street cred, so they deserve honorable mention.

Especially after this recipe.


It’s perfect for Thanksgiving because it’s a little fancier than plain old apple cider- and there’s alcohol so you can deal with your brother’s new girlfriend. Or whatever family member you have beef with this year.

It’s also not enough alcohol to make you regret anything you said. You’re welcome.

Start by taking your juice, cinnamon sticks, and cranberries and adding them to a sauce pot over medium low heat. If you’re serving a lot of people over time, you can also keep this on “warm” in the crockpot. FYI your house will smell amazing.

Some recipes for similar drinks require cooking on high, but I think that’s too much. I like it to be just enough to get all the flavors incorporated without really “cooking” it.


Let this cook together for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to get the juices flowing.

When you think it’s good remove from heat. I let cool just enough to transfer to a serving pitcher. You’re going to add the wine (unless you’re doing the crockpot), so it’s going to cool it a little but you want it to still be warm when serving.


Add a cinnamon stick to the glass for a little extra pop, and serve.

It is the perfect flavor to compliment all of your best Thanksgiving dishes, and you won’t look like such a lush. Hello being an adult!

Or if you’re a real hard ass; add rum instead of wine, just up the amounts of juice by another cup. How much rum you use really depends on what kind of Holiday you’re planning to have.


2 cups apple juice

2 cups cranberry juice

5 cinnamon sticks

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 bottle sweet red wine (room temp)

Mix everything but the wine in a sauce pan over medium low heat, cook for about 20 minutes.

Serve in a pitcher and add wine while still warm.


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