When fall comes the cooler weather makes me think of cranberry picking and cranberry tea. When I lived in Alaska, my friend, Dorina, and I would pick a gallon or two of wild low bush cranberries in the fall. We then froze the cranberries and used them throughout the year to make cranberry oatmeal cookies and a lots of cranberry tea. Dorina and I, along with other girls in the college dorm, spent many hours together drinking cranberry tea. It was our girl time, our time to talk about anything and everything. It was our Cranberry Tea Time.
My Cranberry Tea Time has now expanded to include many in-real-life friends as well as internet friends. You are my Cranberry Tea Time friends! I wish I could have you all over for cranberry tea, but for now a recipe will have to do. You can make cranberry tea at home and join me virtually for teatime. :)
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
4 cups water
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup honey or sugar (more or less to taste)
Put cranberries, water, and cinnamon sticks in a large pot. Boil uncovered for 20-30 minutes. After all of the cranberries have burst, pour the juice through a strainer and into a new pot. If desired, also strain through a cheese cloth to remove the fine pulp.
Put juice back into pot and boil for about 5 more minutes. Remove from heat. Add honey or sugar and mix well.
You now have cranberry juice concentrate. This can be stored in the refrigerator or canned for later use.
To serve: Boil water and pour into teacups or mugs. Add cranberry juice concentrate to taste (about 3/4 hot water and 1/4 cranberry juice concentrate).
*This is a re-make of a post from January 2012*