Warm Christmas Cider
PREP TIME: 40 Minutes
SERVES: 15-20

The weather in the winter months in South Louisiana can be hard to predict; however, it seems that the two or three weeks of Christmas party season are almost always very cold. Here is an elegant and warming cider to serve on those chilly nights. This red punch with fresh, green rosemary sprigs is the perfect color for your next big holiday celebration.


  • 4 ½ cups cranberry juice
  • 1 ½ cups orange juice
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 2 tbsps packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsps grenadine
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ¾ tsp whole cloves
  • 1 orange thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, rinsed

In a large pot, combine cranberry juice, orange juice, apple cider, brown sugar, rosemary, grenadine, cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and add fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs. Serve in a decorative punch bowl immediately or keep heated by serving in a crock pot set on low.

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