Grandma’s Hot Cranberry Tea

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Grandma's Hot Cranberry Tea

Grandma’s Hot Cranberry Tea is the perfect tea to make for your holiday gatherings.  Not only does it taste great, but it’s beautiful to look at through a clear glass mug.  

“The chef that grew up with the grandma who cooks tends to always beat the chef that went to the culinary institute. It’s in the blood.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Cranberry Spice Tea Recipe

Grandma knows best.  Don’t you just love heirloom recipes that have been passed down through the generations?  This holiday cranberry tea recipe is one of those recipes.  

This recipe combines the tangy taste of cranberries and lemons with the sweetness of oranges.  Allowing the flavors to blend together, takes this tea to a different level.  

I’m pretty obsessed about cranberries right now because I’m writing a book that has something to do with them.  (Make sure you sign up to receive the newsletter, and you’ll be notified when my book comes out!)

I have a confession to make, I’m a cranberry hoarder.  My freezer is full of bags of cranberries that I stock up on when they are available so I can make recipes all year long.  

My favorite holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) wouldn’t be the same without cranberries.  I’ve never understood anyone that can eat their turkey dinner without the cranberry sauce.  (Can you?) 

Research is part of writing and I’ve done my fair share of it in regards to cranberries.  These little red jewels are an interesting fruit.  

Here’s some fun facts about cranberries: 

1) The majority of cranberries grown in the United States come from Wisconsin.  In 2017, 62 percent of the cranberries came from there according to Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.   

2) Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington and New Jersey are also states that are known for producing cranberries.  

3) There are only three fruits native to North America, and cranberries is one of them.  (I had no idea!  Talk about fun dinner conversation.) 

4) Ninety-five percent of cranberries sold are through processed foods and only 5 percent of cranberries are sold fresh.  

5) Cranberries are a perennial crop grown in man-made bogs or wetlands.  

6) Nearly 400 million pounds of cranberries are consumed each year by Americans, with 80 million pounds being consumed Thanksgiving week alone.  

7) Cranberries are loaded with vitamin C, fiber and manganese.  

8) Wisconsin is home to the world’s largest cranberry festival.  The Warrens Cranberry Festival is a three-day festival celebrating Wisconsin’s state fruit.  

The event features cranberry marsh tours, a recipe contest, and a gigantic parade.  It takes place the last full weekend of September each year.  

Since you love to cook, I’m guessing you like all things cozy living. I created a Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life with over 8,000 like-minded souls.

It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug.  Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.

Here’s the Grandma’s Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe: 

Ingredients for the Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe – 

3 1/2 quarts water 

1 12-ounce bag of cranberries 

1 1/2 cups white sugar 

2 juiced oranges 

2 juiced lemons 

12 whole cloves 

2 cinnamon sticks 

How to make Grandma’s Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe: 

On the stovetop –

1) Using a large pot, combine water and cranberries.

2) Bring mixture to a boil, and reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes.

3) Add sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, cloves, and cinnamon sticks.

4) Cover and steep for one hour.

In the slow cooker

1) Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on LOW for six hours.

Yield: 14 cups

Grandma's Hot Cranberry Tea

Grandma's Hot Cranberry Tea

The tanginess of cranberries and lemon, mixed with the sweetness of oranges make a delicious combination of ingredients that has been passed down the generations.

Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 3 1/2 quarts water
  • 1 12-ounce package cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 juiced lemons
  • 2 juiced oranges
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


1. Add water and cranberries to a large pot.

2. Bring combination to a boil, and reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes.

3. Add sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Cover, and steep for one hour.

Tips on making Grandma’s Hot Cranberry Tea:

1) This is going to sound like a super simple tip (and it is!), but you need one of these gadgets to squeeze your fruits.  It makes life so much easier.  

2) If you want to make your Grandma’s Hot Cranberry Tea sugar-free, you can substitute Stevia for the sugar.  For each cup of sugar, you substitute with 24 packets of Stevia.  

3) To make your mugs of tea look extra fancy, serve with slices of oranges and lemons.  

4) Clear glass mugs are a fun way to serve beautiful beverages.  You can find a set here on Amazon.  

We’ve reached the end of Grandma’s Hot Cranberry Tea recipe.  I hope you enjoyed it.  

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite recipe is using cranberries.  I will be posting lots more recipes featuring this nutritional powerhouse fruit!  

If you made this cranberry spice tea recipe, let me know how you liked it and if you added any of your own twists.  

Don’t forget to join the cozy living group, you’re not going to believe how amazing it is!  

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Thanks for stopping by!  

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