Be sure to add the sparkling cider just before serving so that it doesn't lose its fizz.
Place first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until cranberry juice cocktail melts. Remove from heat; let cool 30 minutes.
Pour cranberry juice mixture into a pitcher. Add cider, and stir gently. Serve over ice. Serve immediately.
2012 Christmas with Southern Living