Unless you’re the true Mrs. Claus… you’re likely still wrapping gifts, crossing off last-minute to-do’s, and trying to squeeze in all of the festive Christmas things this week! To help you get into the spirit that much more, warm up after being out in the cold, or even help in terms of a non-alcoholic beverage idea for hosting Christmas parties or meals with family and friends… I wanted to share with y’all my absolute favorite Christmas recipe that has been in my family for years!
Traditional apple cider is delicious and I’m no stranger to a sweet drink, but sometimes you need the sweet to be a bit more toned down to better pair with all of the flavors of a full-blown Christmas brunch or dinner. That’s why I absolutely love to make and serve this Mulled Cranberry Cider. I’ve been sipping this warm and comforting drink since I was a little girl and it just isn’t Christmas to me without it!
What you need:
1 jug of Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail (technically, you may use whatever brand of cranberry juice you prefer, but I’m really partial to Ocean Spray because I think it’s the perfect balance of tart and sweet! This post isn’t sponsored in the slightest, I just love my Ocean Spray!)
1 smaller jug of Orange Juice (with or without pulp… you choose!)
1 large pot for stove (or a crock pot would work if you need the stovetop space!)
A sliced orange
Mulling Spices (these are my all-time favorite)
What to do:
No measuring is necessary for this whatsoever – it’s so easy! Depending on how many you’re serving, you can adjust for more or less of the ingredients. Essentially, you just need to think of it as a ratio. Your pot should have 3/4 cranberry juice and 1/4 orange juice. If you’re a big orange juice lover, go for a little more orange juice… it’s really up to you and your taste buds!
After you pour both the cranberry and orange juice in your pot, throw in orange slices and add in a handful of cinnamon sticks. Then, put the loose mulling spices in your spice ball, and hang it on the side of your pot so that it’s fully submerged in the juice blend.
Just let it warm and simmer, not boil… and it’s ready! I usually like to have this warm on the stove for at least 30 minutes before I serve it so it really allows the spices to blend well. Plus, it makes your home smell absolutely amazing!
I love that this recipe is so easy and that everyone who tries it always loves it! I also love that it’s been in my family for years! My mom will put this on the stove Christmas morning and have it on low for the entire day until Christmas dinner! And you can best believe I drink it non-stop from morning ’till night!
Do y’all have any special recipes or traditions that you always love to have every Christmas? I’d love to know! 🎄
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