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Warm Cranberry Cuddle

Warm cranberry calvados cocktail or Cranberry Cuddle is a perfect holiday cocktail for entertaining. Keep warm in an airport or slow cooker and let guest serve themselveswarm cranberry calvados cocktail

It’s no secret I’ve been into warm drinks lately. It all started with the apple cider cocktails. I sampled plenty of mulled wine from Halloween until after Thanksgiving. After falling in love with the warm, cozy drink, I decided that I needed to broaden my warm drink horizons. I want something red and festive for Christmas. I had an idea for a warm cranberry drink and called my sister. (Truth – I had a cute name for a drink, I needed help creating the recipe.) She told me to give her a couple of minutes and she would call me back, she was out running errands. The Cranberry Cuddle or a warm cranberry calvados cocktail was born 15 minutes later from an idea that she got in line at Petco. (You never know where inspiration is going to strike.)

And let me tell you, she knocked it out of the park. This drink is beyond delicious. And dangerous. It doesn’t taste boozy at all. And her trick is key to making that happen. More on that in a minute.

Just a note – this needs a day in the fridge, so make this the day before you plan on serving it. 

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

Cranberry Cuddle:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • peel from one lemon
  • 2-inch piece of ginger peeled and sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 (64-oz.) bottle cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 1/2 cups Calvados (apple brandy), more to taste

To serve:

  • whole cranberries
  • lemon slices
  • apple slices
  • cinnamon sticks

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

Add sugar, lemon peel, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a large Dutch oven or pot.

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

Pour in cranberry juice.

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

Stir to combine.

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

Simmer for 30 minutes.

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

Cool to room temperature. Pour into a large pitcher, straining out lemon peel and spices.

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

Add Calvados to a pitcher and let mixture chill for 24 hours. This part is key. Everything marinates and it mellows the alcohol so when you drink it, it isn’t overpowering at all. Hence, why I described it as dangerous, because it goes down reallllly easy.

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

To serve, add to a slow cooker and warm on a LOW setting. Or gently warm on the stove over low heat. Add to a preheated airpot. (I had no idea that you are supposed to add boiling water to the airpot before you fill it. It keeps it hot longer.)

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

I can’t say enough good things about having an airpot. (I actually have two, I use them all the time.) I use it for hot chocolate and coffee to bring to games, hot apple cider for parties, the gingerbread house party. I love them. And obviously for my Cranberry Cuddle. I wrapped it in a scarf to make it look a little cuter, purely aesthetic reasons.

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

Ladle into mugs and serve with a few cranberries, a squeeze of lemon juice, apple slices, and a cinnamon stick.

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

My warm cranberry calvados cocktail is the perfect winter drink.

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

This almost makes me crave a snow day.

warm cranberry calvados cocktail

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Warm Cranberry Cuddle


Description

Red and festive, my warm cranberry Calvados cocktail or Cranberry Cuddle is a perfect holiday drink.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • peel from one lemon
  • 2-inch piece of ginger peeled and sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 (64-oz.) bottle cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 1/2 cups Calvados (apple brandy), more to taste

To serve:

  • whole cranberries
  • lemon slices
  • apple slices
  • cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  1. Add sugar, lemon peel, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a large Dutch oven or pot.
  2. Pour in cranberry juice. Stir to combine.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour into a large pitcher, straining out lemon peel and spices.
  6. Add Calvados to pitcher and let mixture chill for 24 hours.
  7. To serve, add to a slow cooker and warm on a LOW setting. Or gently warm on the stove over low heat. Add to a preheated airpot.
  8. Ladle into mugs and serve with a few cranberries, a squeeze of lemon juice, apple slices, and a cinnamon stick.

Notes

Make this drink the day before you plan on serving it. It needs to chill in the fridge overnight.

 

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  1. Tracy

    September 22nd, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Yum! I have to try this one. Happy First Day of Fall!

  2. bakedbree

    September 25th, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    You do! It’s so good. And same to you!

  3. Sarah Tudor

    December 12th, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I have been really excited to try this. I finally tasted it tonight after cooking it up yesterday and it’s so yummy! Mine has a little bit of a bitter finish though and I’m wondering if that’s part of the package or if I did something wrong? I am not an experienced cook (of food or cocktails!) so I thought I’d ask. Thanks!

  4. bakedbree

    December 13th, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I don’t remember it being bitter at the end. But cranberry juice can be a little, so maybe that is why? Also, did you let it steep overnight? That mellows everything out.

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