Heart-Healthy Spiced Cranberry Cider

Whether you’re celebrating the holidays with friends, trimming the tree with your family, or curling up on a cold night with your favorite translation of the Yoga Sutra, this charming cider is the perfect winter treat. The tart cranberry and zesty lemon infuse the sweet apple with layers of flavor. And the cinnamon and cloves will infuse your kitchen with nourishing, heartwarming aromas.

In a large pot, combine 4 cups of apple cider, 2 2/3 cups of cranberry juice, 3 tablespoons of packed brown sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, 12 whole cloves, and a whole lemon, thinly sliced. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain, pour into 4 large mugs, and enjoy. (From allrecipes.com)

Health Benefits: According to ayurveda, cinnamon and cloves boost your digestion. Apples, cranberries, and lemons are loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants, which slow the aging process and keep your heart healthy. And their vitamin C content will keep your immune system strong all winter long.

By Crystal Ketterhagen, Yoga+

97 comments

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Sounds wonderful! Thanks.

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Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Kay O.
Kay O.5 years ago

Lovely recipe, thanks!

golden pot
Past Member 6 years ago

thanks!

Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat6 years ago

thanks

Kristen R.
Kristen R.6 years ago

This sound delicious - thanks for sharing.

Lucy R.
.6 years ago

This was the easiest and best tasting cider I had.you can drink cider cold or hot, and it's healthy and all natural, so you don't have to feel guilty after drinking it.
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Laura S.
Laura S.6 years ago

To all of those who are railing about the sugar. look again at the ingredient list. Cranberry JUICE, not juice cocktail. Have you ever had pure, straight cranberry juice? It's very tart. You will need to sweeten it if it's to drinkable. I've never had cider that was sweet enough to handle cranberry juice by itself..
Use something instead of sugar. Sweeten it with anything you want - apple juice concentrate, orange juice concentrate, honey, agave syrup...whatever. Heck, even maple syrup might be good. But I wouldn't want to try this without a little something sweet.
The recipe only calls for three tablespoons, which works out to less than two teaspoons per serving, if you're serving four. But for almost seven cups of liquid, three tablespoons of sugar isn't that much.
Everyone's so serious. It's only cider. I say, throw in some brandy and now we're talking.

gail d.
gail dair6 years ago

thanks