Cranberry Cider (Just 2 Ingredients!)

If you’re looking for festive alternative to traditional warm apple cider, you must try this 2-ingredient cranberry cider! It’s the perfect Christmas cider drink to enjoy all holiday season!

Cranberry Cider

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Tis the season for cranberry! I just love Christmas because cranberries are one of my favorite foods! I especially love cranberry flavored drinks like this easy cranberry cider.

You might think this drink is a little too simple and sounds a bit crazy. Lemon lime cranberry soda… warmed with cranberry juice? Courtney, what in the world? Trust me, it’s absolutely delicious and my family asks for it every Christmas!

During the holidays, you can find lemon lime cranberry soda (Sprite Cranberry, Sierra Mist Cranberry, etc). Grab a bottle! Or two!

Many Christmas punches and drinks are a combination of fruit juices along with something fizzy like ginger ale, lemon lime soda, sparkling water, etc. By starting out with the cranberry lemon lime soda and adding pure cranberry juice too, you have the best 2-ingredient hack for a delicious “cider”.

Warm Cranberry Drink

Can you serve this Cranberry Cider cold or hot?

Yes! I love it warmed up, it’s the best swap for traditional apple cider. You can also serve it cold, of course! My kids like it cold, I love it warm. Either way is great!

If you’re serving a large group at a Christmas party, for example, keep it chilled in a large punch bowl with an ice ring or keep it warmed in a slow cooker.

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Cranberry Cider

Easy Cranberry Cider

A simple, warm cranberry cider made with just 2 ingredients! This is the perfect alternative to apple cider!
SERVINGS 1 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup Lemon Lime Cranberry Soda - (Sprite Cranberry, Sierra Mist Cranberry, etc)
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 6 fresh cranberries
  • 1 lime wedge


  • In a small pot, bring the cranberry splash and thyme up to a simmer.
  • Pour over the cranberries in a mug.
  • Squeeze the fresh lime wedge into the drink.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 26mgPotassium: 91mgFiber: 1gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 51IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
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  1. lindsay jenkins says:

    I’ll be partying it up with the family this year.

  2. Jaan L of Tx says:

    We will have family and close friends over for the holidays….but a few days after Christmas we travel to the metro city, there we have our long time neighbors over.

  3. Family and friends! Holidays the way it should be!

  4. We are doing our annual New Years Eve fondue party! We get together with our friends and their kids and have a fabulous time chatting and enjoying cheese, meat, and chocolate!

  5. Bianca Andrea says:

    I will have a small party with my closest friends during the holidays!

  6. we had a holiday party with close friends 30 of them. It was a lot of fun. Christmas day we will be having family over for dinner

  7. Blessie Nelson says:

    We are plan to spend the holidays with family!

  8. Great pics….I love the little milk bottles! Yum

  9. Ashley Hatten says:

    family and friends

  10. We are celebrating the holidays with our entire tiny family.

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

  12. Will have family here…my hubby, kids, and my mom.

  13. That’s funny that you say you don’t know what you’re doing with your camera. Your stuff always looks great!

  14. We are not having a full party this year but the in laws will be over for dinner. Thanks for the chance!

  15. Entertaining the family this year

  16. I’m entertaining family

  17. Just wanted to mention, since I didn’t see it noted, that REAL mistletoe is poisonous.

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