Day 9: Alcohol-Free Mulled Cranberry

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Tis the season for celebration. And it’s so much fun. But it can become little relentless if you don’t take care of yourself. An alcohol-free night provides a haven amidst all the revelry. Especially when it offers delicious homemade mulled cranberry!

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Christmas parties, festive luncheons, catchups with friends, a cheeky Tuesday glass of bubbly that finds you belting out a Dolly Parton/Kenny Rodgers medley with Bob from Finance at 3am. No doubt about it – the jolly season is pretty darn fun. It’s irresistible. And inescapable!

With all the frivolity and the infallibly placed mistletoe and the flashing reindeer ears(?), it’s easy to let yourself run away with… let’s say yourself. (Sorry, Bob.) In the whirlwind that is the silly season, an alcohol-free night can seem an oxymoron. But it may just be our Obi-Wan Kenobi.*

*Random Star Wars reference: “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” Leia. Respect.

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Apple, Orange and Ginger Punch, Peppermint Egg Nog Punch, Frostbite Mocktail and Pomegranate Soda. Images sourced L to R: taste.com.au and popsugar.com

In the midst of all this indulgence, press the pause button, and indulge in a little sanctity. Reconnect with your sobriety for a moment of calm.

We give you – homemade mulled cranberry from that domestic goddess, Martha Stewart. Sweet sweet deliciousness…

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Images sourced L to R: marthastewart.com and lifehack.org

You need

  • 1 litre cranberry juice 
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 2 whole cloves 
  • 1/2 cup cranberries 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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The how

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the juice, cinnamon stick, and cloves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, ground cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of water and heat over medium-low heat, gently stirring, until the cranberries pop and are well coated with the sugar mixture.
  3. When cool enough to handle, thread 3 to 4 berries each on 4 decorative toothpicks or skewers. Pour the mulled cranberry juice among 4 mugs and garnish with the cranberry swizzle.

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Fresh Citrus Daiquiri and Watermelon Frosty. Images sourced: thekitchn.com

This tasty toddy is too delicious to drink alone. Make a little toasty tea party of it – or serve it up for dessert!

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Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.