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Delicious Cranberry Spice Cocktail Recipe

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A meal, especially a holiday meal, feels incomplete without all the courses planned appropriately. This also includes a great drink to begin the meal. Therefore, I have an amazing cranberry spice cocktail recipe that’s great for Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Spice Cocktail Recipe

This drink starts with a base of bittersweet Aperol with a dose of Lillet Blanc (a French, wine-based aperitif). It is topped with hard cider for a seasonal kick. Then comes the most important ingredient – cranberries, which are paired with ginger. 

This refreshing drink is great for holiday parties and festive dinners and takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. The recipe for the cranberry spice cocktail is divided into two parts. We first make the cranberry-anise bitters and then the cocktail.

You will have to prepare the bitters ahead of time. It can be kept stored at room temperature for a year. So, without further ado, let’s check out the delicious cranberry spice cocktail recipe.

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What Equipment Will You Need To Make Cranberry Spice Cocktail?

  • Cheesecloth – A cheesecloth will help to strain the cranberry anise bitter.
  • Funnel – A funnel will be required to strain the cranberry anise bitter.
  • Glass Jar – A glass jar will be required to strain the cranberry anise bitter mixture.
  • Saucepan – You will need a saucepan to make the sugar syrup.
  • Cocktail Shaker – A cocktail shaker will be required to make the cocktail.
  • Muddler – A wooden muddler will be required to muddle an orange wheel.

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Cranberry Spice Cocktail? 

Preparation TimeTotal Time
5 Minutes5 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Cranberry Spice Cocktail?

Cranberry-Anise Bitters

  • Vodka – To make the cranberry-anise bitters, you will need two cups of high-proof vodka.
  • Frozen Cranberries – The main ingredient of this drink is cranberry. You will need one and a half cups of fresh or thawed frozen cranberries pierced with a toothpick.
  • Cranberries – You will also need one cup of dried cranberries. Cranberries have a sweet and sour flavor.
  • Crystallized Ginger – To add a little spice to the drink, you will need two tablespoons of chopped crystallized ginger.
  • Star Anise Pods – Star anise is a rich and warm spice. You will need two-star anise pods to make this drink.
  • Cinnamon Stick – To add a sweet and woody flavor, you will need one (3-inch) cinnamon stick.
  • Ginger – Along with crystallized ginger, you will also need one (1-inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced. 
  • Gentian Root – Gentian root is known for its bitter taste. To make the bitters, you will need one teaspoon of gentian root.
  • White Peppercorns – For a punch of subtle heat, you will need half a teaspoon of white peppercorns.
  • Sugar Syrup – To add some sweetness to the bitters, you will need two tablespoons of simple sugar syrup. 

Cranberry-Spice Cocktail

  • Orange Wedge – You will need one orange wheel to make the cocktail.
  • Cranberries – To add a pronounced flavor of cranberries, you will need thirteen cranberries.
  • Crystallized Ginger – To garnish the drink and add the flavor of ginger, you will need two minced and one whole one-inch-long piece of crystallized ginger.
  • Aperol – Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif. To make this cocktail, you will need two ounces of Aperol. Aperol has a blend of zesty citrus notes, aromatic herbs, and mellow vanilla, creating a subtle but enticing scent on the nose. 
  • Lillet Blanc – Lillet Blanc is a French White Wine infused with fruits and herbs. To make this cocktail, you will need one ounce of Lillet Blanc.
  • Ice – No cocktail is complete without ice. You will need 4-5 cubes of ice.
  • Hard cider – Hard Cider is apple juice that goes through a fermentation process where sugar turns into alcohol. It has a fruity taste. To make this cocktail, you will need four ounces of hard cider. 
Cranberry Spice Cocktail Recipe

Steps To Make Cranberry Spice Cocktail

1. Make the bitters

In a 1-quart glass jar, combine all ingredients except the syrup. Cover and shake well. Let the mixture stand in a cool, dark place for two weeks, and shake the jar daily.

Strain the alcohol through a cheesecloth-lined funnel into a clean 1-quart glass jar. Squeeze any alcohol left from the cheesecloth into the jar and reserve the solids. Repeat the straining process of the alcohol using a new cheesecloth into another clean jar to remove any sediments remaining. Cover the jar and set it aside for a week.

Transfer the solids retained after straining to a small saucepan. Add one cup of water to it and bring it to a boil. Cover the mixture and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove the mixture and let it cool completely. Pour the mixture into a clean 1-quart glass jar. Cover and let it stand at room temperature for a week. Shake the jar once daily.

Prepare the sugar syrup by dissolving one cup of granulated sugar in one cup of water over moderate heat. Let it cool before using.

Strain the liquid once again through a cheesecloth-lined funnel set over a clean 1-quart glass jar. Discard the solids. Strain again to remove any remaining sediment, if necessary.

Add the infused alcohol and sugar syrup. Cover and let the mixture stand at room temperature for 3 days. Pour the bitters through a cheesecloth-lined funnel or strainer. Transfer it to glass dasher bottles. Cover and keep in a cool, dark place.

2. Make the cocktail

Take a cocktail shaker and muddle the orange wedge with ten pieces of cranberries and minced ginger. Add four dashes of the Cranberry-Anise bitters, Aperol, Lillet Blanc, and ice in the cocktail shaker and shake well. Double-strain the drink into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top off the drink with hard cider. Garnish the drink with the remaining three cranberries and a slice of ginger skewered on a toothpick.

Nutritional Information

Calories90 kcal
Fat0.04 grams
Protein0.2 grams
Fiber 1 gram
Sodium1 milligram
Carbohydrates5 grams
Potassium34 milligrams
Sugar  4 grams
Calcium6 milligrams
Iron0.04 milligrams
Vitamin A37 IU
Vitamin C9 milligrams

What Will Cranberry Spice Cocktail Look And Taste Like?

Cranberry spice cocktail is a bright red drink with a mix of sweet and spicy notes. The bitters add a depth of flavor. This drink is perfect for warming you up on cold winter nights and looks absolutely festive!

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Cranberry Spice Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry Spice Cocktail Recipe

Try out the delicious concoction of cranberry spice cocktail using this recipe and make the most of the holiday season!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 90 kcal

Equipment

Cheesecloth
Funnel
Glass Jar
Saucepan
Cocktail Shaker
Muddler

Ingredients
  

Cranberry-Anise Bitters

  • cups Cranberries, (fresh or thawed frozen, each pierced with a toothpick)
  • 1 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 (1-inch) Fresh Ginger (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon  Gentian Root
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped crystallized Ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar Syrup
  • 2 cups High-Proof Vodka
  • 2 Star Anise Pods
  • 1 (3-inch) Cinnamon Stick
  • ½ teaspoon White Peppercorns

Cranberry-Spice Cocktail

  • 1 Orange Wedge
  • 13 pieces Cranberries
  • 2 1-inch Crystallized ginger, minced
  • 1 1-inch Crystallized ginger, whole
  • 4 dashes Cranberry-Anise Bitters
  • 2 ounces Aperol® Aperitif
  • 1 ounce  Lillet Blanc Aperitif
  • 4 ounce  Hard Cider
  • Ice

Instructions
 

Cranberry- Anise Bitters 

  • In a 1-quart glass jar, combine all ingredients except the syrup. Cover and shake well. Let the mixture stand in a cool, dark place for two weeks, and shake the jar daily.
  • Strain the alcohol through a cheesecloth-lined funnel into a clean 1-quart glass jar. Squeeze any alcohol left from the cheesecloth into the jar and reserve the solids.
  • Repeat the straining process of the alcohol using a new cheesecloth into another clean jar to remove any sediments remaining. Cover the jar and set it aside for a week.
  • Transfer the solids retained after straining to a small saucepan. Add one cup of water to it and bring it to a boil.
  • Cover the mixture and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove the mixture and let it cool completely.
  • Pour the mixture into a clean 1-quart glass jar. Cover and let it stand at room temperature for a week. Shake the jar once daily.
  • Prepare the sugar syrup by dissolving one cup of granulated sugar in one cup of water over moderate heat. Let it cool before using.
  • Strain the liquid once again through a cheesecloth-lined funnel set over a clean 1-quart glass jar. Discard the solids. Strain again to remove any remaining sediment, if necessary.
  • Add the infused alcohol and sugar syrup. Cover and let the mixture stand at room temperature for 3 days.
  • Pour the bitters through a cheesecloth-lined funnel or strainer. Transfer it to glass dasher bottles. Cover and keep in a cool, dark place.

Cranberry Spice Cocktail 

  • Take a cocktail shaker and muddle the orange wedge with ten pieces of cranberries and minced ginger.
  • Add four dashes of the Cranberry-Anise bitters, Aperol, Lillet Blanc, and ice in the cocktail shaker and shake well. 
  • Double-strain the drink into a Collins glass filled with ice.
  • Top off the drink with hard cider.
  •  Garnish the drink with the remaining three cranberries and a slice of ginger skewered on a toothpick.

Nutrition

Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.04mg
Keyword Cranberry Spice Cocktail Recipe, Drinks
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do vodka and cranberry go well with each other?

The flavor combination of vodka and cranberry tastes really good.

Can we make cranberry-anise bitters ahead of time?

Cranberry-anise bitters can be made ahead of time. It’s best to use within a year.

How much time does it take to make a cranberry spice cocktail?

You will take 5 minutes to prepare a cranberry spice cocktail.

How much time does it take to prepare cranberry-anise bitters?

Cranberry-anise bitters take a month to prepare as it needs time to rest and release their flavors.

Conclusion

Try out this cranberry spice cocktail recipe for a warm and flavorful cranberry drink this holiday season. Tell me how you like this recipe in the comments sections below.

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