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Hot Cranberry Citrus Drink

This lovely rosy drink, with its appealing fresh fruit flavor, is not too sweet or too tart. I sometimes serve this hot beverage at Christmas or at brunch gatherings as an alternative to coffee, tea or cold juice. -Shari Donaldson, Cummings, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    3 quarts


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)


  • In a large saucepan, bring cranberries and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5-7 minutes or until berries pop. Stir in the remaining ingredients; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.
  • Strain through cheesecloth; discard pulp and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 109 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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  • jmrssr
    Mar 4, 2014

    I don't usually review recipes, but felt I had to do something to balance the 1 star comment. This is my go-to holiday and cold-day party drink. It's not overly sweet like cider can be, and I like it because it's different (and a pretty color). Do try!

  • calm78
    Dec 10, 2012

    No comment left

  • oakwood1840
    Dec 21, 2009

    This had no flavor...I had to add other juices and sugar. It's a lot of work and quite a disappointment.

  • FACSteacher
    Dec 7, 2009

    This is a favorite of our family around the holidays. Warms you from the inside out with great flavor!

  • t1clarke
    Dec 7, 2008

    I love this drink, especially on a cold day!