Spiced Cranberry Toddy

Break the ice of even the most delicate news this Thanksgiving with a toddy!

Food + Drink Cocktail of the Week Brian Webb

This article was published on November 19th, 2021

Oh wow, Thanksgiving is upon us! Can you believe how fast 2021 has gone? Beyond the feasting of delicious meals, Thanksgiving is a time to gather family and friends and reflect on the year that has been. You know, recollect those fond memories, exchange heartfelt stories, or even pour your heart out. 

For most people, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to talk about sensitive issues like coming out or, say, if you are dating someone new. And the anxiety that comes with sharing such news is always palpable. But it doesn’t have to be that difficult, at least when everyone is toasting to some Spiced Cranberry Toddy cocktail. 

This cozy drink is made with cranberry juice infused with fragrant spices and is a must-have on Thanksgiving. It is a sure-fire way to break the ice of even the most delicate news you might want to tell close family and friends at your Thanksgiving feast. 

  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 small orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • ½ cup honey
  • 4 oz bourbon

Simmer cranberry juice, orange, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, and star anise in a small saucepan over medium heat. After 10 minutes, remove from heat, add honey, and let cool.

Pour 2 oz of bourbon into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with spiced cranberry juice. Garnish with fresh cranberries and a dehydrated orange slice.

Enjoy and drink responsibly.

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