Cranberry Hot Toddy
Mulled Cranberry Cider (aka non-alcoholic Cranberry Hot Totty) is a soothing warm winter drink that not only takes off winter’s chill, but has medicinal qualities to help soothe colds and sore throats.
Place all ingredients except honey into a large saucepan. Add a few slices of lemon. You can use just apple juice for the liquid (doubling the amount) and omit the water altogether if you’d like an extra sweet drink. Boil for approx. 10 min. You’ll notice the cranberries split open during boiling which will help impart their flavor and lovely color to the liquid. Put on a low simmer after boiling.
When the liquid is cooled to a temperature that’s not too hot to drink, stir in a little honey until desired sweetness is achieved. FYI regarding honey: it is not to be served to children under the age of 1 year. You can use other sweeteners such as agave, stevia, or even plain sugar.
Strain the liquid from the stewed fruits and spices. Transfer to individual mugs, punch bowl or other serving bowl. Float some fresh slices of lemon and a handful or two of fresh cranberries on the top. It’s fantastically colorful and festive to serve at the holidays and tastes great warm or cooled!
In addition, sipping this drink in the winter can help soothe colds and sore throats. The combination of cranberries, ginger, lemon, apple juice, honey and spices have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-nausea properties, can help cut mucous and chest congestion and boost immunity. All that PLUS amazing flavor!
*TIP: If you make extra, you can store it in the empty apple juice container and refrigerate for a week to 10 days. Reheat the juice as needed.
For health information on cranberries, Click HERE.