spiced cranberry and rum hot drink

Spiced Cranberry & Rum Hot Drink

Here is a great hot drink that’s nice enough to serve to guests over the holidays but easy enough to just treat yourself to on a cold day.  All you do is brew it with a standard coffee maker.

This hot cranberry cocktail has that sweet but tangy cranberry juice flavor mixed in with cinnamon, cloves and if you’re feeling sassy, a little rum.  I am not a huge fan of super sweet beverages so I like how the rum cuts into the sweetness a little bit, but the drink doesn’t taste at all like alcohol. You of course could make a virgin version of this recipe, but if you omit the alcohol, I would not add additional sugar unless you like it very sweet.

spiced cranberry and rum hot drink

spiced cranberry and rum hot drink

This recipe is for 4 cups of juice which fills about two standard size mugs; we have one of those small coffee makers so I can only make 4 cups at a time.  If you are making this for more people and have a standard size coffee machine, just duplicate ingredients by 2 or 3.

One thing to be aware of is that the cinnamon and cloves could make your coffee maker smell like, well, cinnamon and cloves.  I rinsed everything out right after making this, and I haven’t noticed any change in the taste of coffee since using it. If you’re worried about tainting your coffee maker, an alternative method would be to heat up the juice on the stove, stir in the sugar until it dissolves, then wrap the cloves and cinnamon in a coffee filter and tie a rubber band to close it shut.  Then let the bag steep for about five minutes, just like with tea.

spiced cranberry and rum hot drink

Recipe adapted from Food Network.

Spiced Cranberry and Rum Hot Drink

Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes


  • 4 cups cran-apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 3oz rum (a shot per mug)


1. Put the cran-apple juice in your coffee maker the same way you'd pour the water in when you're making coffee. Add a coffee filter to the basket and put the cinnamon stick, sugar and cloves in. Let the coffee maker run.
2. Divide the hot spiced cranberry juice between two mugs and stir in rum.

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