Hot Apple Cider With Spiced Cranberry Ice Sticks

We find a mug of sweet apple cider is essential when coming inside after a little outdoor winter fun!

cool down too hot cider with cranberry ice sticks

If your kids don’t like it when their hot apple cider burns their sensitive little tongues, start a new beverage treat tradition:  Hot Apple Cider with Spiced Cranberry Ice Sticks. Adding the ice stick cools down the drink to a more agreeable temperature for kids.

Hot Apple Cider With Spiced Cranberry Ice Sticks Make the ice sticks by nestling a few cranberries, cloves and lemon peel into an ice stick tray. If you don’t have an ice stick tray, you can easily use any other shape. Mix up your ingredients if you want: anise stars, orange peel, cinnamon sticks would all be delicious choices.

Hot Apple Cider With Spiced Cranberry Ice Sticks After you’ve heated and poured out the apple cider, offer up a few of the festive ice sticks to go with it. This is perfect for kids who do not like their drinks too hot since the melting ice cools the drink down quickly.

Both boys have been enjoying this as an after school treat, but sometimes it is a challenge to keep their little fingers out of the cup. I loved that New Kid thought it was a straw!

What do you think? Will you try this?

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  1. Amy says

    Love it! Would try it with peas and carrots, etc to cool soup, too! We always put ice int the boys’ soup but this would be so much more fun! Also, for the cider, I’d probably freeze cider sticks instead of water so it didn’t “water it down”.

    • Erica MomandKiddo says

      A frozen veggie stick for soup sounds like a lot of fun. That’s a good idea to freeze cider instead of water. It’s not much water, though and I sort of like that it waters it down because I don’t like to give my kids too much juice, but it’s a great alternative. Thanks for the suggestions.

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