Christmas Spiced Cider

This recipe comes from my daughter’s Physical Therapy office, it seems they make it every day during the month of December. I am not a fan of cold weather, because I am easily chilled to the bone, so I constantly seek drinks that are W-A-R-M. One sip of this and the flavor won me over and my four children. In this case, simplicity is bliss ~ 4 ingredients total.  The clever addition of cranberry juice not only adds a perfect hint of sweet/tart – but a festive red tint. Add some brandy and you’ve notched it up to an adult beverage. Either way, your home will smell Delicious!!

Rimmed with Christmas Sugar & Spice

Thinking along the lines of festive adult beverages I decided to rim the glass using a blend of sugar, cinnamon & ground cloves. Simply dip the mug in the cider then into the sugar blend. This step can be done in advance as part of your pre-party preparations.

The cider can be made in a Crockpot or a Dutch Oven (the link is for Amazon, but I purchased mine for 60% less on sale at Walmart.)

**Hint: When purchasing cinnamon sticks – steer away from the spice aisle. Instead, check out the Mexican Food aisle (taco shells, refried beans) and look for packages and/or bottles of cinnamon sticks sold in bulk. Another option is to check out your local Mexican (or Spice) Market. I paid a much less for a large bottle of cinnamon sticks than it would have cost for a little jar found in the spice section of the same store.


Christmas Spiced Cider

Using a ratio of 3/4 Apple Juice to 1/4 Cranberry Juice fill a 6.5 qt. Dutch Oven (or Crockpot) about 3/4 full, drop in the cinnamon stick and the whole cloves and simmer on low until steamy.

  • 4 Tbl Sugar
  • 2 Tbl Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Cloves

Whisk together in a small bowl. Invert the cup into the hot cider (or juice if preparing ahead of time), then place inverted cup into the sugar mixture.

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  • Sutter Physical Therapy ~ Solano
  • Rimming Sugar – Baking4Six original

Shared with The Frugal Girls! Chic ‘n Crafty Party 12/15




  1. Hehehe…I just saw that you won the Hobby Lobby giftcard at The Frugal Girls and smiled at your blog name…You’re baking 4 six and I’m saving 4 six!
    Your blog looks yummy…looking forward to browsing.

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