One of our Fix-It and Forget-It recipe contributors shared this Christmas tradition with us: “I come from a family of eight children, and every Christmas we all get together. We eat dinner, and then play games while drinking Hot Cranberry Cider.”
This sounds so cozy and fun, and we plan to try it tonight. Want to join us? Here’s the recipe:
Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook, page 235
Makes 10-12 servings
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5-9 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 4-qt.
½ gallon apple cider, or apple juice
2 cups cranberry juice
½ to ¾ cup sugar, according to your taste preference
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. whole allspice
Whole orange studded with cloves
1. Put all ingredients except orange studded with cloves in slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on High 1 hour, and then on Low 4-8 hours, until thoroughly hot.
3. Float clove-studded orange in cooker. Serve hot.
Serving suggestion: To garnish Cider with an orange, insert 10 to 12 ½”-long whole cloves halfway into orange. Place studded orange in flat baking pan with sides. Pour in ¼ cup water. Bake at 325⁰ for 30 minutes. Just before serving, float orange on top of hot Cider.