Cinnamon and Cumin-Infused Cranberry Spritzer



Ready In:

15 minutes

Prep time:

5 minutes, plus chill

Cook time:

10 minutes


About this Recipe

By: Linda Eads

This delightful beverage is a delicious way to celebrate the holiday season. Here, the classic flavor combination of cranberry, orange, and cinnamon is complemented by the unexpected addition of cumin.

I will add a little vodka for a fun adults-only treat. Or, skip it for a pleasant mocktail everyone can enjoy.



  • 1 C. fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ¼ C. honey
  • ½ C. water
  • 2 Tbsp. whole cumin seeds
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 C. unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 2 medium organic oranges, each cut into 8 wedges
  • Optional: ½ C. vodka
  • 3 C. sparkling water

Optional, To Garnish:

Additional cinnamon sticks
6 long rosemary sprigs, lower leaves removed, and threaded with fresh cranberries

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Add cranberries, honey, water, cumin seeds, and cinnamon sticks to a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, or until the honey is melted and the spices are intensely fragrant.

Step 2

Remove from heat and transfer to a large glass or other non-reactive bowl. Add cranberry juice, orange wedges, and vodka, if using.

Refrigerate for several hours to overnight.

Step 3

Once thoroughly chilled, remove from refrigerator and firmly squeeze each orange wedge into the bowl to capture the juice before discarding. Strain mixture with a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids.

Step 4

To serve, fill serving glasses with ice and add enough of the seasoned cranberry juice mixture to fill each glass about 1/3 full. Top off each glass with sparkling water and stir to combine.

Taste and sweeten with additional honey, if desired.

Garnish with cinnamon sticks and/or rosemary skewers and serve immediately.


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