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Christmas Cinnamon Cider Recipe

Christmas Cinnamon Cider Recipe

This hot cider recipe, tinted a snappy red with melted cinnamon candies, makes for an extra-festive salute to holiday carolers.


  • 1 quart pasteurized apple cider or juice
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon-flavor hard candies
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom or cinnamon or 1/8 teaspoon allspice (optional)
  • Cinnamon sticks or orange slices for garnish


In a medium saucepan, combine the apple cider or juice and candies. Cook the cider over medium heat until the candies dissolve. Stir in the vanilla extract and spice (if you're using one).

Serve warm in mugs garnished with a cinnamon stick or orange slice. Makes 4 to 6 servings.