Christmas Cider

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

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
16 servings


  • 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


  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 Facts (per serving)

68 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Serving Size 6 ounces
Calories 68
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 0g 0%
Total Fat 0g 0%
Vitamin A 18IU 0%
Vitamin C 15mg 17%
Folate 5mcg 1%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 7mg 2%
Potassium 188mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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