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Hot Spiced Cranberry Orange Cocktail

This Hot Spiced Cranberry Orange Cocktail is an easy family friendly drink to serve on special occasions. Easily tailored for adults or kids, this simple cocktail or mocktail recipe is full of spices like cinnamon, allspice and cloves, and makes a perfect fall cocktail. Garnished with a rim of orange sugar, and with an optional addition of gin, this hot cranberry drink is a perfect beverage to serve at family dinner parties.

 

Cranberry Orange Cocktail in four cups on a plate

 

I love having family dinner parties. Whether its with family or friends, having a house of people, laughter and love is a blessing that can’t be denied. Especially during the holiday seasons, people tend to gather together more often – and where there is gathering, there is often eating and drinking!

 

Because we have small children, and we often have families over who also have small children, I love including them in what the adults are enjoying, too. My children are huge fans of a good charcuterie board, and I love being able to craft a special mocktail for kids as well.

 

two glasses of cranberry orange cocktails on a plate with cranberries

 

How to Serve Hot Spiced Cranberry Orange Drink

When it comes to serving special drinks at dinner parties, I long for easy and simple recipes that don’t require a lot of dirty dishes, a lot of ingredients, or a lot of work. This Hot Spiced Cranberry Orange Cocktail is the perfect fall and winter special drink recipe because it is super simple to make, and it can easily be tailored for children or adults.

 

As A Cranberry Cocktail For Adults

This easy cocktail is ready in minutes! Simple make the warm spiced cranberry orange base ahead of time and allow it to either stay warm in a small slow cooker or in a saucepan on low on the stovetop. When you are ready to serve, simple garnish your glass with the orange sugar, pour in your shot of gin, and then top off your glass with the spiced cranberry orange drink.

 

As A Simple Mocktail Recipe For Kids

This makes a fantastic easy mocktail recipe that can be quickly served to those who don’t want alcohol or for children. Because the warmed and spiced cranberry orange base is already ready to go, simple pour the hot cranberry drink into glasses and serve. Garnishing the kids glasses with the orange sugar and a garnish stick of cranberries and orange peel is another fun addition that kids will love!

 

4 glasses of cranberry orange mocktail with napkins and plate

 

How Your Kids Can Help in the Kitchen:

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure the ingredients and mix the orange sugar.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can help do everything above, plus help you zest the orange, make the cranberry orange garnish sticks, and stir the drink as it warms on the stove.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help do everything above, plus help you garnish the cups.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

 

Hot Spiced Cranberry Orange Cocktail

 

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Warm Spiced Cranberry Orange Cocktail

Hot Spiced Cranberry Orange Cocktail

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 Servings
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Hot Spiced Cranberry Orange Cocktail is an easy family friendly drink to serve on special occasions. Easily tailored for adults or kids, this simple cocktail or mocktail recipe is full of spices like cinnamon, allspice and cloves, and makes a perfect fall cocktail. Garnished with a rim of orange sugar, and with an optional addition of gin, this hot cranberry drink is a perfect beverage to serve at family dinner parties.


Ingredients

24 oz cranberry juice

12 oz orange juice

1 cinnamon stick

8 cloves

4 thin slices of ginger

2 oz gin

For Garnish:

1 orange

1/3 cup sugar

1 cup dried cranberries


Instructions

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the cranberry juice, orange juice, whole cinnamon stick, whole cloves, and slices of ginger.

Stir and allow to heat to desired temperature (serve a little cooler for children).

For Orange Cranberry Garnish:

  • With a vegetable peeler, peel off 15 strips of orange peel.
  • Using small wooden toothpicks, alternate dried cranberries and folded pieces of orange peel (you should have 3 dried cranberries and 2 strips of orange peel for each of the drinks) to create cute garnishes.

Orange Sugar:

  • Zest the remaining peel on the orange and mix with the 1/3 cup sugar in a medium bowl that is mostly flat on the bottom. You want to really mix and rub the orange zest into the sugar.

To serve:

Dip glasses upside down in a small dish of water – you want only the edge of the rim of the glass to get wet.

Then dip into the orange sugar to create a sugared rim.

Remove the cinnamon stick and whole spices from the saucepan with a slotted spoon.

For adults, add in a shot of gin to the bottom of each glass, being careful not to drip on the sugared rim.

Pour the hot spiced cranberry orange drink into the glasses carefully, and garnish with the toothpicks.

Enjoy!


Notes

This recipe makes enough for either 3 adult servings (in which case, you will need to add another 1 oz of gin to the ingredients), or enough for 2 adult + 3 children servings.

 

I’m excited to be sharing this recipe as part of Cranberry Week – now in it’s third year! See all the tasty cranberry recipes being shared today below and follow #cranberryweek on social media for more ideas all week long.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Claire
    November 6, 2018 at 3:28 AM

    Well this is delicious!!!
    Plus without the gin my kids were very excited to have a mocktail! They loved helping make the garnish too.

  • Reply
    Denay DeGuzman
    November 8, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    This beautiful cranberry orange cocktail has all of the beautiful flavors I crave during the holidays. I can hardly wait to make this recipe!

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