Cranberry Hot Toddy
Recipe Type: Cocktail
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Serves: 32 - 2 ounce cocktails
  • 4 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 mandarin orange, sliced
  • 2 – 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 1 – 2-inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 5 star anise
  • ½ – 1 cup maple syrup (more, to taste)
  • 2-4 cups of bourbon (depending how strong you like your cocktails)
  1. Pour the cranberry juice into a medium-sized pot. Add the mandarin orange slices, cinnamon sticks, ginger, peppercorns, cloves, and star anise and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Strain the juice to remove the spices.
  2. Add a ½ cup of maple syrup to the pot. Taste and add more maple syrup, to taste.
  3. Pour 1 ounce of bourbon into your glass and top with 1 ounce of the spiced cranberry juice.
If you can't find unsweetened cranberry juice, use cranberry cocktail and omit the maple syrup.

If you'd like, sugar the rim with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon mixed with 1 tablespoon sugar.

Make a big batch by adding 4 cups of bourbon to the spiced cranberry juice and let guests serve themselves.

If you like a less strong cocktail, use 1 ounce of bourbon and 2 ounces of spiced cranberry juice.

The spiced cranberry juice will keep for at least a week in the fridge.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at