Spiced Cranberry & Hibiscus Mocktail

This ruby red mocktail is crisp and refreshing, making it the perfect drink for anyone is looking for an alcohol free tipple. Sweetened only with spices, it’s a great option if you are trying to avoid too much sugar. The hibiscus makes a lovely liver tonic and is soothing on a sore throat, so it is perfect if you are on a bit of a health kick. It’s also a great way to introduce kids to “grown-up” drinks without alcohol.

This is made by the cold brew method, which means you combine all the ingredients and let them infuse in the fridge overnight. I have given a speedier hot brew option in the notes below if you are in more of a hurry.

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Spiced Cranberry & Hibiscus Mocktail

Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 1 day
Total Time 12 hours
Course Drinks
Servings 3 people
Suitable for Special Diet (or adaptable) Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Low-sugar, Nut-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Ingredients
  

To Serve

Instructions
 

  • Pour the cranberry juice into a jug, add the hibiscus tea bags, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and star anise. Cover, and chill in the fridge overnight (8-12 hours), to allow the flavours to infuse. You can discard the hibiscus tea bags and spices once infused.
  • To serve, add ice to glasses, half fill the glasses with the infused cranberry juice and top them up with sparkling water. Add a fresh rosemary sprig to garnish.

Notes

  • I used Biona cranberry juice in this recipe which we all agreed was delicious and did not need any sweetening, but if you like a sweeter drink add 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup. Most other commercial cranberry juices are already sweetened with sugar, grape juice, apple juice or artificial sugars, so the overall taste will be sweeter if you use one of them. 
  • You can use a quicker “hot brew” method by heating the cranberry juice in a saucepan, adding the hibiscus tea bags and the spices and simmering for 5 minutes. Then leave to infuse for 15 more minutes. Discard the tea bags and spices before serving.
  • You can serve the infused cranberry juice warmed through like a mulled wine or switch the fizzy water and ice for boiling water to make a warm comforting drink.
  • Stores in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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