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Cranberry Cider Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 glass or 1 pitcher 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Cranberry Cider Mocktail – This naturally-sweetened fall mocktail recipe is perfect for your holiday table or holiday parties! Make just one or two glasses, or a whole pitcher to enjoy! (Paleo + Vegan)


Ingredients

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FOR THE CRANBERRY SYRUP/SAUCE:

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (good-quality or freshly squeezed)
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave (can sub sugar)
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • tiny pinch salt (1/16th tsp.)

FOR ONE MOCKTAIL:

  • 1 oz. (2 Tbsp.) cranberry syrup
  • 2 oz. (1/4 cup) apple cider
  • 2 oz. (1/4 cup) sparkling water
  • Your favorite garnishes–ice, orange slices, cranberries, rosemary sprigs, etc.

FOR ONE PITCHER (ABOUT 5 CUPS):

  • 1 cup cranberry syrup (this is the entire batch)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • Your favorite garnishes–ice, orange slices, cranberries, rosemary sprigs, etc.

Instructions

FOR THE CRANBERRY SYRUP/SAUCE:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, orange juice, honey/agave, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring regularly for 10-12 minutes, or until the cranberries have burst and the mixture has thickened somewhat. (I use the back of a spoon or spatula to help the berries along as they cook.)
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve so the cranberry sauce is smooth. Discard the leftover solids or set aside to use in a different way. You should have about 1 cup of cranberry sauce remaining.
  4. Chill sauce until you’re ready to use. (Cranberry sauce will stay fresh in the refrigerator up to 1 week, or in the freezer up to 2 months.)

FOR ONE GLASS:

  1. Add cranberry syrup and apple cider to a glass. Stir with a straw or drink stirrer until combined. (It should be pretty smooth–almost like a freckled lemonade with small bits of berry)
  2. Top off the glass with 2 oz. sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with ice, orange slices, cranberries, rosemary, etc. as desired.

FOR A PITCHER (ABOUT 5 CUPS):

  1. Add cranberry syrup and apple cider to a pitcher. Stir with a spoon or drink stirrer until combined. (It should be pretty smooth–almost like a freckled lemonade with small bits of berry)
  2. Top off the pitcher with 2 cups sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with ice, orange slices, cranberries, rosemary, etc. as desired before serving.

Notes

*IF MAKING IN ADVANCE: you can combine the cranberry sauce and cider well in advance (up to several days), but don’t add the sparkling water until right before serving to preserve the bubbles.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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