Hot Mulled Cranberry Juice (& a christmas giveaway)

Hot Mulled Cranberry Juice

I’m a sucker for the scent of cinnamon and cloves. I often get a pot of boiling water on the stove with a couple of cinnamon sticks and cloves thrown in just to get the house smelling pretty (an awesome trick I learned from my mom). As good as it smells though, it’s definitely not something I would ever want to drink.

But now, with this recipe, I can perfume the house and drink it too. :)

If you want to be the best hostess ever, get a pot of this Hot Mulled Cranberry Juicesimmering on the stove just before company arrives and then offer them a warm mug as they walk in the door. They may just set up camp and never want to leave. I know I would.

If you’re in the mood to stir up a batch but you don’t want to drink it all at once you can refrigerate the leftovers and heat up individual servings in the microwave later. It’s a great drink to have on hand around the holidays for unexpected guests or just to warm up after an afternoon in the cold.

If only I took my own advice, because just talking about this is making me crave it – but alas I have no cranberry juice. Learn from my mistakes. Go pick up the ingredients for this right now!

Hot Mulled Cranberry Juice

Hot Mulled Cranberry Juice
 
For an adult version add a splash of rum or brandy just before serving.
Makes: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 litre cranberry juice*
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 mandarin orange, cut into quarters
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan, squeezing oranges to release their juices before placing in pot. Bring to a simmer. Simmer gently, covered, for 20 minutes to infuse spices. Strain before serving.

*Here is a recipe for homemade cranberry juice.


And now the giveaway!

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****** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED******

Since I think you guys are pretty awesome for coming here and giving me a part of your day, I really wanted to be able to give you something fun in return for the holidays. To me photos make some of the best gifts and what better than a free canvas print of one of your own photos or artwork?

Easy Canvas Prints is offering one special Kitchen Simplicity reader a free 16×20 inch canvas print. You can keep it for yourself or give it away as a Christmas gift. And, even if you don’t win you get a 50% discount (and free shipping) off your next order when you like Easy Canvas Prints on their Facebook page. Sweet deal, right?

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Entry Rules:
  1. The print needs to be shipped to a mainland US address so make sure you have one available to you before entering.
  2. Leave me ONE comment telling me what foods you look forward to the most at Christmas time.
  3. Contest will end on Sunday, December 4th at 23:59 GMT and the winner will be announced on Monday.

Thanks again so much for reading and good luck to all! ;)