Ever since creating a similar recipe for Clean Eats, I have made this drink a staple! Maine cranberries come into abundance around early November and this recipe has become a sure way to transform those tangy berries into a refreshing autumn themed beverage.
Cranberry Cider Spritzer
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick
3 cups water
4 cups (32 ounces) apple cider
1 small bottle (8 ounces) club soda (or sparkling mineral water)
Place the cranberries, coconut sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and water into a pot and simmer them until the cranberries burst, about 15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick, then transfer the mixture to a blender and blend on a high setting for 30 seconds. Pour it through a fine-mesh sieve.
To serve, mix 1 cup of the apple cider with a splash of sparkling water (we like Pellegrino) and 1/2 cup of the cranberry concentrate.
Any leftover concentrate can be refrigerated for up to one week in a container or frozen for future use.