There is not much that I'll pass up at the Thanksgiving table.
Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes... bring it on.
But when that dish of jelly-looking cranberries comes my way, I politely pass it to the next person.
As politely as I can with an upturned, wrinkled nose, that is.
And then came the year of Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider.
My holidays will now never be complete without the flavor of cinnamon, cloves, and yes, cranberries.
Jared's Aunt Karen is famous for this Cranberry Cider recipe...
and I tweaked it just a tiny a little bit when I made it for our Thanksgiving feast this year.
I know you are going to want to make a batch for your holiday get-togethers, so here is what you need to do.
On the stove, simmer for 30 minutes:
3 pints of cranberry juice
2 cups of water
1 cup of sugar
12 whole cloves
and 2 cinnamon sticks.
When I made my tiny little tweak to the recipe,
I used Cranberry Pomegranate juice instead of the plain Cranberry.
I also added five cinnamon sticks, because I was very excited about them.
And I don't really understand that less is more.
And I probably could have only added two.
But onto the next step.........
After 30 minutes of simmering your kitchen will smell amazing
and you will know you are ready to add a few more juices.
Strain the spices from the juice mixture and add:
1/3 cup of lemon juice
and a 1/2 cup of orange juice.
Stir well, share with others, and enjoy!