Cozy on up with this Cranberry Apple Cider. It’s spiced with cloves, cinnamon, and fresh oranges. This drink is perfect for the holiday season.

Cranberry Apple Cider with orange and cranberries.

I live in Utah and we have no snow here! A few weeks ago the ski resorts had to close because temperatures were so warm the snow they were making wouldn’t even stick to the ground. The temperatures have since dropped, but snow isn’t in the forecast.

Despite not having a “white Christmas” I have been in the kitchen baking up a holiday storm! I have to admit, this Cranberry Apple Cider blew me away (no pun intended)!

Cranberry Apple Cider with sugared cranberries at the base of the mug.

While I was making it I kept thinking how much I loooooved the smell!

Within minutes or simmering this Cranberry Apple Cider, my house smelled of Christmas, cloves, cinnamon, and oranges. It was the best!

You guys are going to love this easy apple cider recipe!

It’s a cinch to put together.

If you need a drink for a holiday party, this cranberry drink recipe is exactly what you need. It’s festive, flavorful, and you can dress it up with fresh cranberries and orange slices if you want to serve it at a black tie event.

Cranberry Apple Cider


  1. Apple cider.
  2. Cranberry juice cocktail.
  3. Cinnamon sticks.
  4. Whole cloves.
  5. Brown sugar.
  6. Fresh oranges.

This Cranberry Apple Cider recipe requires minimal ingredients and it’s easy to make. Grab a saucepan, add all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and then let simmer.

Cranberry Apple Cider with cranberries and orange slice in a glass mug.

And in the meantime, I’ll keep checking the forecast and praying it snows!  ❄️

Cranberry Apple Cider with sugared cranberries at the base of the mug.
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5 from 2 votes

Cranberry Apple Cider

Cozy up with a warm glass of hot cranberry apple cider. It's perfect for the holidays!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 8 servings


  • 4 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1 3/4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced


  • In a medium sized sauce pan, combine all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Once it begins boiling, reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered. 
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Strain. 
  • Pour the drink into serving glasses, add a slice or two of orange and enjoy! Serve warm. *


*We like it cold too! It tastes great no matter what temp the drink is!
Recipe source: Salt & Baker


Calories: 127kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 31g (10%)Sodium: 8mgPotassium: 180mg (5%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 27g (30%)Vitamin A: 35IU (1%)Vitamin C: 33.3mg (40%)Calcium: 33mg (3%)Iron: 0.3mg (2%)
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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