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glass of warm cranberry cocktail viewed form overhead with cranberries on stick as garnish
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Warm spiced cranberry cocktail (or mocktail)

This drink has warming, seasonal flavors, with or without a little kick.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 6 fl oz cranberry juice 175ml
  • 3 fl oz orange juice 90ml
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 slice fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 ½ fl oz rum 45ml, or gin, optional


  • Place the cranberry juice, orange juice, cinnamon, cloves and ginger in a small pan and warm gently until it comes to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer a couple minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, add the honey and rum/gin, if using, stir in and strain the spices off as you serve in a glass.
  • Note - if you are making a larger batch, you can instead, if you prefer, heat it in a slow cooker over around 2 hours on low using the same proportion of juices but not quite as many spices (so eg 24oz cranberry juice, 12oz orange juice with 1 cinnamon stick, 4 cloves and 2-3 slices of ginger).


By cranberry juice I mean the sweeter drink )often called cranberry cocktail) that you'll find readily available in most supermarkets rather than the 100% pure cranberry juice.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 331mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 64.1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.7mg