Spiced Cranberry-Apple Cider

a mug of apple cranberry cider with cinnamon, star anise, and ginger
Prep Time: 
40 minutes
Number of Servings: 


  • 1 quart apple cider
  • 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-inch piece of peeled ginger, sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp whole cloves or 1 pod star anise
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 organic orange, thinly sliced with peel, (optional)


  1. Bring all ingredients, except orange slices, to a boil in a medium pan.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain cider into mugs. Discard spices.
  4. Garnish mugs with orange slices, if using, and serve.
Nutrition Info: 
129 Calories, 1 g Protein, 33 g Carbohydrates, 1 g Fiber, 9 mg Sodium, ★★ Vitamin C


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