I got to thinking about those days and sipping that nice warm drink and decided to dig out the recipe and make it. It was different from what I remembered. I do not recall it being so sweet so the second time I made it, I did a bit of adjusting to suit my taste. I reduced the amount of brown sugar and added some cranberry juice to the mix. The can of pineapple juice I had did not specifically say unsweetened but it didn't say sweetened either so I wonder if that was the error that I made.
Warm Spiced Cranberry Drink
1 can jellied cranberry sauce
2 cups water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. salt
2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
2 cups cranberry juice (Optional. I used it to make the drink less sweet.)
Place all of the ingredients in a sauce pan. Heat to boiling. Stir making certain that the cranberry sauce has dissolved. Pour the mixture into a crock pot to keep it hot.
I always look forward to holding a warm mug, the aroma of cinnamon and sipping away while enjoying the lights on the tree and music softly playing in the background.