Warm Spiced Cranberry Cider
1 medium navel orange, skin left on, cut into large chunks
3 cups cider
4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
2 sticks cinnamon
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
8 cinnamon sticks for garnish
8 thin orange slices for garnish
Put orange chunks in a food processor fitted with a metal blade or a blender, and pulse several times until coarsely chopped, or coarsely chop with a knife by hand.
Place chopped orange, cider, cranberry juice cocktail, 2 cinnamon sticks and brown sugar in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until hot, 8 to 10 minutes.
Using a large sieve, strain mixture and return to saucepan. (If not using immediately, cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
Reheat before serving. Cider can also be frozen, defrosted and reheated.)
To serve, pour into mugs or cups and garnish each serving with 1 cinnamon stick and 1 orange slice.