Consuming alcoholic drinks can hinder your weight loss progress. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the festivities. Try this sparkling mocktail that contains 100 percent juice with seasonal spices.
Yield: 6 servings
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cook time: 5 minutes
- 12 oz. cranberry juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 1 bottle (25 oz.) sparkling apple cider, chilled
- Pour the cranberry juice into a medium saucepan. Add the cinnamon sticks, anise and cloves. Turn to medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let sit until cooled completely, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. The longer it sits, the more the spices will flavor the juice. Strain through a mesh colander and discard the spices.
- To serve, add 2 ounces of the mulled juice to a champagne flute. Top the juice with about 4 ounces of chilled sparkling cider.