“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.”
Hot Cranberry Twist is like a cider… just without the apples.
Same rich sweet cinnamon clove taste BUT with a cranberry zing and a citrus twist!
This is one of those recipes that takes NO TIME at all to throw together but makes the neighbors constantly remark that your house always smells AMAZING and will make your family bow to the master of the kitchen.
**Bowing can not be guaranteed if you currently own teens, tweens or otherwise potentially snarky individuals… however this will help to keep the eye rolling to a minimum for at least 10 minutes of somewhat pleasant conversation. The cinnamon trance does wear off quickly so it’s best to back Hot Cranberry Twist with baked goods for a sugar rush that keeps eye rolling at bay a good 15 minutes. **
Of course right on cue, after the insanity of last week… I caught a cold.
Hot Cranberry Twist sounded so good and soothing.
**Sniff** I’ll get you craptastic immune system! **Sniff** When I’m feeling better. **Cough**
My Hot Cranberry Twist goes into my medium sized Crock Pot always at the end so that it can sit on low simmering all day.
That way not only does it make the house smell better than The Gingerbread Man BUT my Hot Cranberry Twist stays nice and toasty, ready to drink anytime.
Excellent for Holidays, parties, family gatherings… Where ever you could think to serve a hot drink!
I even use my leftovers for other treats.
I’m not a big fan of cranberry personally but I really enjoy this.
You will need:
1 Pot that can hold at least 6 cups comfortably
4 Cinnamon Sticks
12 Whole Cloves
4 Cups Water
3/4 Cup Sugar
4 Cups of Cranberry Juice
Be NOT afraid of the plain cranberry you are purchasing. I know alone it can be a bit too tart for some but we are adding sugar, we really don’t need anymore. The tart will add too this recipe. Read labels! Some say 100% juice but in reality only contain 30%. I try to stick to the straight up good old 100% Organic juice for both taste as well as the better heath benefits.
If we’re going to eat it any way, why not make it good for us too!
2 Cups of Orange Juice
I prefer to use FRESH SQUEEZED for this as the flavor of fresh just adds another layer to make this really pop.
I promise not to tell if you cheat and grab the Tropicana.
Everyone will still love you.
Those squeezing away… It takes about 3 Oranges to produce 1 Cup give or take. For this you will need to juice 6+ oranges and it shall be totally worth it!
1/2 Fresh Lemon Squeezed
In the pot add the water, sugar, cloves and cinnamon sticks.
Bring to a boil. Turn down to medium heat and allow to boil for 8 minutes.
While that’s cooking, get out your Crock Pot if you desire to keep it warm for a longer period of time.
When time is up, get ready to strain the spices out.
If you don’t want to use a Crock Pot, grab another pot or large bowl to allow you to strain the contents into and then put it back into it’s original pot.
Are ya with me still?
I use my mesh strainer to easily catch my spices.
It sits right on top of my Crock Pot and I simple pour the Sugary Spice Water through the mesh and into my Crock Pot.
If I intend to serve it soon, I crank the sucker up to HIGH and let it get nice and toasty.
As guests arrive or when it’s piping hot, you may turn it down to low and let it smell wonderful while ready to drink anytime.
I take advantage of having my strainer in place and strain my Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice through it as well, decreasing the amount of pulp.
Add your Orange juice.
It is now safe to remove your strainer.
Grab that half a lemon and squeeze the heck out of it over your Pot/Crock Pot.
Mix and serve when warm.
Now Hear This…
You don’t need to have a party or a ton of people in your house to made this.
I know, I know it’s just going to go to waste before someone can enjoy it all.
Not So My Friends!
Make a batch, enjoy as much as you want and then you have some choices here.
A. Fill Popsicle trays for an outstanding frozen treat.
B. Fill ice cube trays, freeze, pop out of tray and into a freezer Ziploc. You then can pop 3-5 cubes into a coffee mug and microwave yourself a cup of steaming Hot Cranberry Twist ANYTIME. I can’t even begin to hazard a guess as to how long your microwave might take compared to mine. Cook until melted and hot… not too tough. This is an AWESOME feature of Hot Cranberry Twist leftovers!
Take a baggie of frozen cubes into work and you’ll be handing out the recipe while enjoying a relaxing cup of our own Homemade Twist.
C. Freeze a thin layer of Hot Cranberry Twist in a large casserole dish. When frozen scrape it/ chunk it out in curls for a DIY refreshing Cranberry shaved ice.
D. Store in fridge and serve like a cold tea.
E. Pour 1/2 a glass of chilled leftover Twist and add Sprite to the other half.
I love Sierra MIst’s Cranberry Soda they have during the Fall- Winter months. This tastes exactly like it! For those of us who prefer a little fizz. I like my bubbles what can I say… take a perfectly decent recipe and add more sugar.
We all know that Cranberry supports healthy organs and has super photochemical that protect us, Oranges provide us much needed vitamin C to ward off this season’s flu pandemic, Lemons are a super food helping to prevent infection, Cinnamon lowers LDL Cholesterol and is high in nutrients.
So what I’m hearing is that I don’t have to feel bad about making this just for me?
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Snuggling in to ride out this cold with a cup of Hot Cranberry Twist and batches almost frozen for later.
Feelin’ rather lousy,