Hot Cranberry Citrus Drink


A festive beverage for a gathering or a warm-up session with the family, this drink smelled so good that I let it simmer twice as long as I was supposed to.  The kids loved it, hubby loved it, I loved it! We get excited about tasty drinks around here, because our normal fare is water, water, and more water.  Enjoy the recipe!

Hot Cranberry Citrus Drink

  • 6 ounces fresh (or frozen) cranberries
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

In a saucepan, bring water and cranberries to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5-7 minutes, until cranberries pop. Stir in remaining ingredients; return to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 25-30 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth (or wire strainer); discard pulp and cinnamon sticks (my kids used the cinnamon sticks for stirring sticks — they thought that was the coolest thing).   Serve warm. Yield: about 6 cups.

This post is linked to Holiday Food Fest.


  1. I wouldn’t have thought that a hot cranberry drink would be appealing, but this sounds delicious!


  2. this looks wonderful!

  3. I’m already in love with the color … the flavor must be amazing. 🙂


  4. This looks delicious!Our normal fare around here is water and coffee, so when it was time to make a special drink I was a little lost. But, when we do have one it’s a lot of fun.

    I sent a friend of mine your way – she’s looking for ways to make food healthier on a budget and I knew you’d be great resource. You do great work!

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