I love fun beverages. Whether it’s some bubbly water with fresh lemon, homemade hot chocolate with raw cacao powder, a nice glass of wine, or a holiday drink, I’m excited to try it. I recently saw a recipe for Cranberry Wassail Sipper from Trim Healthy Mama (THM), and wanted to make a version for myself. If you’re not familiar with THM, just know that it’s an Australian sister duo, and they have a whole system of eating with wholesome foods to lose weight and live a very low sugar lifestyle. Google them and you’ll find more about their story, their cookbooks, and branded products. I enjoy some of their high-quality, non sugar sweeteners and baking ingredients.
Daytime spiced sipper
When I saw this recipe it intrigued me because fresh cranberries are in the stores right now, and they are full of health benefits. To name a few, their chock-full of vitamin C and are super charged in antioxidants (only surpassed in antioxidant content by blueberries). So I altered the THM recipe since I didn’t have whole cloves or whole star anise on hand, and used ground cinnamon, ground cloves, fresh ginger, and the THM Pure Stevia. It was a refreshing spiced drink for sure. I love cranberries in general and this definitely screams Holidays.
Evening spiced wine
Later in the evening I thought it would be fun to add this cranberry concoction to a glass of red wine to make a spiced wine. I also love these hand-crafted, Wisconsin-made bitters from Bittercube for adding unique flavors to beverages. Into my glass went some red wine, some spiced cranberry sipper, and the “Bolivar” bitters which added notes of cassia, chamomile, and dried fruits.
Wow, it was so good. And with no added sugar, I didn’t have to worry about the fuzzy feeling I get with most heavily sweetened fancy drinks. Here is the recipe for both versions of this holiday festive-ness in a glass!
Recipe for Spiced Cranberry Sipper
- Two cups fresh cranberries
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 3 dashes ground cloves
- 6 cups of water
- zest from one orange
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp THM Pure Stevia powder
Put the cranberries, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, zest, and water into a pot. Cover with a lid and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for a good hour. The smell in your home will be awesome. Filter the mixture into a large heat resistant jar or bowl. I took a large mason jar, fitted it with my mesh bag I use for almond milk, kefir, etc, and poured the cranberry mixture through. Smoosh the cranberries a bit to get all the flavor out. Add 1/8 tsp stevia extract and taste, adding more as necessary. The THM stevia is high quality and pure, and doesn’t have the bitterness many stevia does. Enjoy right away, and pour back into the heated the warm pot to keep warm.
To make this into a spiced wine, fill your wine glass half way with your red wine of choice, then fill the remaining half with cranberry sipper. To enhance the flavor even more, I added about four droppers of the Bolivar bitters.