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THE BEST Easy Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe

Easy Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe 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.

If you’re looking for more hot tea recipes, Coconut Thai Tea and Herbal Bedtime Tea Recipe are some more recipes to try.

Easy Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe in clear glass mug with fresh cranberries and orange slices in the mug
Easy Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe

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.  

It’s an easy recipe to make and very tasty.   When you’re looking for a combination of flavors that’s not too sweet and not too tart – this recipe will satisfy your taste buds.  

“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

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

Slow Living Lifestyle

One of the things we can do to nourish our souls is embrace each season as it comes and look for all the gifts that this time of the year offers.  

Have you started any winter traditions with your family?  This hot spiced cranberry tea recipe is perfect for sitting by a roaring fire with your family on cold winter day or to serve during the holiday season.

Any fruit tea drinker will love the flavor combination.

Creating special memories with your loved ones is even more important now than ever before.  Family recipes are a way of passing traditions through the generations, to create magic with their own families.  

If you’re anything like me, your freezer is stocked with bags of cranberries so you can get a jump on the season before they become readily available.  

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?)  This recipe will be memorable for your next holiday party.

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: 

Easy Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe - Bowl of Fresh Cranberries
How to Make Cranberry Tea – Fresh 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 the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.   

2) Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, and New Jersey are also  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 human-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.  

9) Cranberries got their name because the pink flower of the plant looks like a crane.  They were originally called Craneberries.

10) The reason cranberries are cultivated in so few places is they need the perfect combination of sunshine in June, heavy spring rains, sandy, boggy soil, and cold winter.  

11) Cranberries are NOT grown in water.  In the summer, the bogs are dry while the plants are growing.  The bogs are flooded in winter to prevent wind damage.  Most growers flood the bogs at harvest time to make it easier to collect the fruit. 

Now, don’t you love cranberries just a little bit more than you did before?  Cranberries are such a beautiful fruit and deserve to be a shining star in our family drinks and meals.  

Hot Cranberry Tea in a Clear Mug with Cinnamon Sticks and Fresh Cranberries
Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe with Cinnamon Sticks

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Since you’ve found a recipe for hot spiced tea with cranberry juice, I’m guessing you like all things cozy living. I created a Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life with over 103,000 like-minded souls.

Life can be stressful, and I think we’re all looking for a safe place to gather together and share ideas with other like-minded people.  

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 fresh 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 stove top

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 cranberry mixture for one hour.

In the slow cooker

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

Printable Version of Easy Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe: 

Yield: 14 cups

Easy Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe

Easy Hot Cranberry Tea Recipe in clear glass mug with fresh cranberries and orange slices in the mug

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.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 108Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 11mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 2gSugar 24gProtein 0g

Tips on making Grandma’s Hot Cranberry Tea:

1) This will 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 liquid 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, lemons, and a cinnamon stick.  

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

5) You can adjust the ratio of sugar to your taste.  

6) Add club soda and serve this hot tea with cranberry juice over ice for a refreshing twist on the recipe.  

7) You can serve this hot cranberry tea punch the next time you go ice skating to warm you up.

8) You can make this tea ahead of any gathering.  Simple refrigerate in a sealed container and reheat the tea before everyone arrives.  Leaving the hot cranberry tea to rest in the refrigerator overnight makes this tea even more flavorful.   

9) Refrigerate for a refreshing cranberry iced tea.

10) If you’re using frozen cranberries, follow the same instructions.

11) For extra flavor, use organic lemon and orange peel in your tea.

12) If you want to substitute raw honey for sugar in this recipe, you would use equal amounts.

We’ve reached the end of the Hot Cranberry Tea.  I hope you enjoyed this wonderful hot drink recipe.

In the comments below, let me know how you liked this easy homemade hot cranberry tea recipe and what your favorite recipe is using cranberries.  I will be posting more recipes featuring this nutritional powerhouse fresh fruit full of antioxidants!

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