Christmas Cider

Christmas Cider

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Chai tea and fruit juices make this festive hot drink a must-serve at your next holiday gathering.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • 3 cups water
  • 4 black chai tea bags
  • 8 cups apple cider or apple juice (64 ounces)
  • 2 cups low-calorie cranberry juice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 4 (3 inch) pieces cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks and/or fresh cranberries


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  1. Bring the water to boiling in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add tea bags. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags.
  2. In a 6- to 8-quart pot, combine apple cider, cranberry juice, orange juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and the steeped tea. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Discard the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Serve warm. If desired, garnish with additional cinnamon sticks and/or cranberries.
  • To make ahead: Prepare cider as directed; cool. Transfer to an airtight container; cover. Chill for up to 3 days. Serve chilled, or transfer to a large Dutch oven and heat through.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 6 ounces
  • Per serving: 68 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 17 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 5 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 16 g sugars; 17 IU vitamin A; 15 mg vitamin C; 13 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 6 mg sodium; 188 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (25% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit

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