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Cranberry Hot Toddy

Kristen Stevens
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Cocktail
Servings 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
  • 1/2 – 1 cup maple syrup more, to taste
  • 2-4 cups of bourbon depending how strong you like your cocktails


  • 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.
  • Add a 1/2 cup of maple syrup to the pot. Taste and add more maple syrup, to taste.
  • 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.