Mulled Cranberry Cocktail

1 quart

This cocktail can be served as a dessert, or you can drink it instead of tea on a freezing winter afternoon.


  • 1 quart cranberry juice

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 whole cloves

  • ½ cup cranberries

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the juice, cinnamon stick, and cloves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, ground cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of water and heat over medium-low heat, gently stirring, until the cranberries pop and are well coated with the sugar mixture.

  3. When cool enough to handle, thread 3 to 4 berries each on 4 decorative toothpicks or skewers. Pour the mulled cranberry juice into 4 mugs and garnish with the cranberry swizzle.

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