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Hot Spiced Cranberry Cocktail -- Warm cranberry juice with vodka makes the perfect holiday cocktail! | wearenotmartha.com

Hot Spiced Cranberry Cocktail

Baby, it's cold outside. And you should be drinking your cranberry cocktail warm with plenty of seasonal spices and vodka. This is the perfect holiday drink and will warm you right up!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cocktails, Christmas Drinks, Cranberry Cocktails, Cranberry Drinks, Holiday Cocktails, Hot Cocktails
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 2 large drinks or 4 small drinks
Author: Sues


  • 4 cups water
  • 12 oz. (1 bag) fresh cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tsp anise seed (or 2 star anise)
  • 5 whole cloves
  • tsp ground ginger
  • cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 oz. vodka


  • Put water and cranberries in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, add in spices, cover saucepan, and let cook for 20-25 minutes.
  • Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer to extract liquid.
  • Place back in saucepan over low heat and add in sugar, cider, and lemon juice.
  • Serve warm in glasses or mason jars. Stir in vodka before serving.
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