Yes, before we talk about cider let's discuss preventing urinary tract infections. Recent research has shown that it's cranberries' proanthocyanidins that is related to the prevention of UTIs. They may act as a barrier to bacteria that might otherwise latch on to the urinary tract lining. These benefits may be somewhat modest and limited to women who have recurrent infections. However, the antioxidant benefit of these berries cannot be ignored.
The greatest benefit is gained when cranberries are consumed whole, but we will ignore that for the time being. This twist on a classic favorite will warm your insides on a chilly fall day.
2 L 100% cranberry juice cocktail (I used a 100% juice cocktail with pomegranate juice)
1 cup 100% apple juice
6 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, sliced
2 Tbsp brown sugar
In a large stockpot, heat cranberry juice and apple juice to a boil. Whisk in brown sugar. Press cloves into apple half (flesh) and add to boiling mixture, along with orange slices and cinnamon sticks. Reduce heat to a simmer for additional 20 minutes. Remove orange slices, apple half (with cloves) and cinnamon sticks.
Serve garnished with an orange slice.
*Also tasty with a splash of Chambord for an adult-only beverage.