Looking down on two glasses of cranberry hot toddy.

Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy Recipe

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 32 2-ounce cocktails 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: North American


This delicious Cranberry Hot Toddy recipe is lightly spiced with winter spices like cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and orange. If you like mulled wine, you will LOVE this toddy recipe.



  • 4 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 mandarin orange, sliced
  • 23-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 12-inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 5 star anise
  • 1/21 cup maple syrup (more, to taste)
  • 24 cups of bourbon (depending how strong you like your cocktails)


  1. Pour the cranberry juice into a medium-sized pot. Add the mandarin orange slices, cinnamon sticks, ginger, peppercorns, cloves, and star anise and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Strain the juice to remove the spices.
  2. Add a 1/2 cup of maple syrup to the pot. Taste and add more maple syrup, to taste.
  3. Pour 1 ounce of bourbon into your glass and top with 1 ounce of the spiced cranberry juice.


If you can’t find unsweetened cranberry juice, use cranberry cocktail and omit the maple syrup.

If you’d like, sugar the rim with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon mixed with 1 tablespoon sugar.

Make a big batch by adding 4 cups of bourbon to the spiced cranberry juice and let guests serve themselves.

If you like a less strong cocktail, use 1 ounce of bourbon and 2 ounces of spiced cranberry juice.

The spiced cranberry juice will keep for at least a week in the fridge.