As the weather begins to get chilly here in Indiana, I’m always looking for a warm drink, a good book and fuzzy blanket. From about mid October all the way through the holidays, we enjoy this Warm Spiced Cranberry Cider.

While recently looking through my Mom’s recipes with Doug, we came across this one and I was reminded of when my Mom made this delicious drink for the crowd while camping. We would gather around the bonfire, as she dipped the cider from the big pot for us. If we were lucky she would add a big dollop of whipped cream to the top.

A perfect drink to warm you up during a chilly Fall night of Tailgating, Hayride or just sitting by the bonfire. Apple Cider, Cranberry Sauce and Pineapple Juice plus seasonings made this delicious drink a hit.

All the flavors just scream Fall to me. With the added cranberry sauce and pineapple juice, it gives it an extra zip. You could even add a little cinnamon schnapps for the adult crowd if you like, perhaps for a Tailgating or Football Party.

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We served the Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider in Mason Jar Mugs with whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and a thinly sliced apple for garnish. The recipe serves about 8 (1 1/2 cups) mugs, but you can easily double the recipe or serve in smaller mugs if you are serving the cider for a party.

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Serve this Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider at your next Tailgate Party or Fall Get-together. Recipe from

  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x


  • 4 cups water {divided in half}
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 34 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 large can pineapple juice
  • 2 cans jellied cranberry sauce
  • 4 cups apple cider


  1. In a large pot, simmer brown sugar and 2 cups water
  2. Place spices in a bag or place in pot
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes then bring to boil
  4. Add pineapple juice
  5. Blend cranberry sauce into 2 cups of water and add to mixture
  6. Simmer for 15 minutes
  7. If you don’t add the spices to a bag, you will need to strain the liquid
  8. Add Apple Cider just before serving
  9. Serve with fresh whipping cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon


Keep warm in the Slow Cooker on low

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups


Serve up some Warm Spiced Cranberry Cider at a hayride this fall.



  1. Living in chilly northern cali, I love hot beverages, and spicy is even better. I would love for you to share this and more at Bacon Time. The linky runs fri-monday, hope to see you guys there.

  2. I could use this lovely concoction right now! Love the ingredients and I can hardly wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Susan! Thrilled you like the Cranberry Cider!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! So glad you like the Cranberry Cider!

  3. I’ve never made a warm drink with pineapple juice and cranberry jelly. I’ll have to try this. Pinned.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Erlene! So glad you like the Cranberry Cider!

  4. This sounds perfectly fall and delicious. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMatterParty. We would love you to have you again next week.

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