Warm Cranberry Cuddle


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


  • 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


  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.


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