When sweaters go on then it’s time to make this low-calorie perfectly wonderful Autumn Spiced Mocktail. Low-calorie cranberry juice is simmered with fresh ginger, cloves, cinnamon sticks, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and sliced Granny Smith apples to create a mocktail that is a sure crowd-pleaser for young and old.

autumn spiced mocktail in a glass

What is the difference between a mocktail and a cocktail?

Cocktails are alcoholic drinks made by mixing alcoholic spirits with soft drinks, fruit juices, teas, and fresh herbs or spices. Mocktails are non-alcoholic drinks made by mixing different soft drinks, teas, or fruit juices, and fresh herbs or spices.

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Mocktails are so named because they mock the cocktails i.e. they look like cocktails but are non-alcoholic.

How do you make a mocktail?

This Autumn Spiced Mocktail is seasoned with warm and spicy flavors by simmering fresh ginger, cloves, and cinnamon in low-calorie cranberry juice. If calories are not an issue then regular cranberry juice would be great.

These mocktails are perfect to serve chilled over ice or warm in a big mug on a cool evening or cold morning.

ingredients for autumn spiced mocktail

I found it much simpler to simmer my cloves, cinnamon stick, and fresh ginger in a disposable tea bag. These handy little bags are a staple in my kitchen supplies.

autumn spiced mocktail in a glass
autumn spiced mocktail in a glass
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Autumn Spiced Mocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 cups
When sweaters go on then it’s time to make this low-calorie perfectly wonderful Autumn Spiced Mocktail. Low-calorie cranberry juice is simmered with fresh ginger, cloves, cinnamon sticks, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and sliced granny smith apples to create a mocktail that is a sure crowd-pleaser for young and old.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

Ingredients
 

  • 4 cups cranberry juice drink, I use Ocen Spray low calorie
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1/2 Granny Smith appled, cored and cut into slices
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece fresh ginger cut the size of a penny that’s 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 empty tea bag or cheese cloth
  • orange slices, rosemarry springs and cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Place ginger, cinnamon stick, and cloves in to tea bag and pull drawstring tight. You can also tie spices in cheese cloth if you do not have a tea bag.
  • Pour 4 cups cranberry juice in a sauce pan. Place teabag of spices, orange juice and apple slices in pan.
  • Simmer over low heat for one hour.
  • Remove teabag of spices. Chill to serve cold over ice or serve immediatly if you would like it warm.
  • Garnish cold drink with orange slice and a sprig of rosemarry.  Garnish warm drink with a cinnamon stick.

Notes

If you are serving a large party this recipe can be done in a crock pot for 3 hours on low before serving.
Author: Gina Dickson

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