26 December 2009

Weekend Cooking: Cranberry Hot Toddies

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I'm still in the holiday spirit and want to share with you a great hot drink that my guests always like. This works for a Christmas brunch, apres ski, or for New Year's Eve. Keep it warm in a slow cooker. Refrigerate leftovers and rewarm it by the mug-full in the microwave.

I don't remember where this recipe comes from, but I've been making it for years.

Cranberry Hot Toddies

Makes 16 cups
  • 2 oranges
  • whole cloves
  • 3 quarts 100% juice cranberry juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) dark rum
Cut the oranges in half crosswise and then cut the slices in half. Stud the rind of each slice with 3 or 4 whole cloves.

In a large saucepan, bring the juice, oranges, and sugar to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. Pour in the rum and transfer to a slow cooker.

To serve, ladle into mugs, topping each mug with a studded orange slice, if desired.

Beth Fish's Notes: if you use cranberry juice cocktail you may want to omit the sugar; if you use pure unsweetened cranberry juice you might want to double the sugar.


bermudaonion 12/26/09, 8:11 AM  

This sounds great, and I love that you can have it all ready ahead of time!

Sandy Nawrot 12/26/09, 8:48 AM  

For us thin-blooded Floridians, this Indiana weather has about frozen our tails off. This would be the perfect solution for warming up our tummies! Yum!

Sherrie 12/26/09, 9:47 AM  

Hi Beth,
This sounds really good now. It's really cold today! Have a great weekend!

Sherrie's Stuff

JoAnn 12/26/09, 9:48 AM  

Mmmm.... this sounds good!

Jill 12/26/09, 11:39 AM  

YUM! I'm going to the mountains for New Year's with my sister's family...and this recipe is coming with me!

Margot 12/26/09, 12:32 PM  

I've been reading a lot about the benefits of cranberry juice so now I'm a new convert. I'd like to try this recipe and serve it as a special treat. Thanks for sharing and also thanks for hosting this meme. I've enjoyed doing this every Saturday.

Cathy 12/26/09, 6:04 PM  

Sorry I was a no-show this weekend. Work tied me up in knots, and then I spent as much time as possible with Denis to unwind and enjoy the holiday. :)

I've found another book on my shelves: Fabulous Feasts... all about Medieval cookery for those special occasions. Something tells me we might be seeing things from it on future weekends!

caite 12/26/09, 9:29 PM  

I am a bit late to the party (work ya know) but pour me a toddy and I will share my Christmas cake. I even have quite a bit or rum left I will offer for use.

Julie P. 12/26/09, 10:37 PM  

I love anything cranberry, but I'm not a huge rum fan -- bad memories from college. I have to say that I've never tried a hot toddy!

Ali 12/27/09, 12:00 AM  

This looks really good (though I'd probably cut way back on the rum for mine).

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