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Hot Cranberry Drink

on December 31, 2014

The recipe for today comes from one of Grandma’s sisters by way of her daughter, my godmother. I know Grandma used to make this because when I made it and the aroma started wafting through the house, my kids said, “smells like Grandma and Grandpa’s house!” This Hot Cranberry Drink is a great one to have for any holiday celebration or any gathering in the winter. It would be great to have at a sledding party, ice skating party, or skiing party. This drink would be great at any party. It’s delicious and makes a big electric coffee pot full – about 30 cups. It looks like my mom and my uncle would have liked to have a nice hot drink after their day of skiing in this photo from when they were little. Maybe they were about 3 and 6 years old or so.

mom and paul on skiis

It looks like my mom is being a bit bossy! Ha!

Hot Cranberry Drink

This drink is delicious!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Hot Cranberry Drink

Put into large electric coffee pot:

2 quarts cranberry juice

1 46 ounce pineapple juice

1 quart water

2/3 pound sugar (I used 1 1/2 cups and it was “plenty sweet”- next time I might not use quite so much sugar)

Put in basket of coffee pot:

4 sticks cinnamon

1 tablespoon whole allspice berries

1 tablespoon whole cloves

2 lemons, quartered

Perk for 30 minutes.


This recipe is so easy – just put the liquid and sugar into the pot (you might want to stir it up a bit to dissolve the sugar), fill the basket of the electric coffee pot with the spices and lemon, and that’s it.


Plug it in and let it go!


30 minutes later you have a delicious hot beverage.


The spices and lemon add so much flavor and aroma to this drink.


It gets good and hot (you can sort of see the steam) from this coffee pot. Remove the basket with the spices and lemon and the pump stem, plug it in again and it will stay hot for as long as you want it to, or for as long as you’re out playing in the snow – it’ll be hot when you come inside and need something to warm you up! Try this next time you have a crowd coming over for a party or celebration. They’ll love it!







5 responses to “Hot Cranberry Drink

  1. mom says:

    If you ask Uncle Paul I am sure he would say I was always bossy!!!!!!!

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