Sweet and Cinful:  Alcohol-Free Cinnamon Cranberry Martini

This alcohol-free Cinnamon Cranberry Martini is a delectable blend of sweet and sour flavors infused with warm winter spice.

Sip and savor the tartness of cranberry juice balanced with the subtle heat of the cinnamon and zesty, zingy notes of lime.

It’s the perfect alcohol-free option for the festive season, but one that you could happily drink any time of the year.  

So, impress your guests or treat yourself to this sophisticated and delightful sweet and (not-so) sinful mocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz. (45 ml) cranberry juice
  • ½ oz. (15 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice (approx. ¼ orange)
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice (approx. 1 lime)
  • ¼ oz. (7.5 ml) cinnamon syrup (see below)
  • Ice

For the garnish:

  • Spiral of lime peel

For the cinnamon syrup:

  • 4 oz. (120 ml) water
  • 4 oz. (120 g) sugar
  • 6 inches of a cinnamon stick, broken into 2 inch pieces

Equipment

  • Heavy-bottomed saucepan with lid
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Citrus juicer
  • Shaker
  • Martini glass

Instructions

  1. First, start with the cinnamon syrup.
  2. Into the heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, add the water, sugar and broken cinnamon stick.
  3. Stir frequently until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn the heat to low.
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  6. Take the saucepan off the heat and leave the cinnamon to infuse the syrup for a minimum of one hour.
  7. Pour the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any solids.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  8. Next, assemble the mocktail.
  9. Into a shaker, add the lime juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, and cinnamon syrup.
  10. Throw in a handful of ice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds until the outside of the shaker is extremely cold.
  11. Strain into a martini glass.
  12. Garnish with a spiral of lime peel.

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Alcohol-Free Cinnamon Cranberry Martini FAQ

Can I use pre-made cinnamon syrup?
Yes, you can use any type of cinnamon syrup for this mocktail.  It’s easy to make your own cinnamon simple syrup, as explained in this recipe, but you can also use store-bought syrup if you prefer.  Homemade cinnamon syrup will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge and 2 months in the freezer.  It’s recommended to make the syrup ahead of time as it will take an hour for the cinnamon flavor to infuse.

Can I substitute the juices with different flavors?
For a variation on this mocktail, you could experiment with different juice combinations.  However, keep in mind that it will change the flavor profile of the drink.

Can I make a large batch of the mocktail and store it for later use?
Yes, you can mix a large batch of alcohol-free cinnamon and cranberry martinis and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days.  Don’t shake the ingredients with the ice until you are ready to serve the mocktails.  You may need to do this in batches depending on the number of drinks that you are making.

Can I use a different type of glass for serving the mocktail?
This mocktail is designed to be served straight up in a martini glass.  However, you could also serve it over ice in a short rocks glass if you prefer.

Is this mocktail suitable for people who do not consume alcohol?
Yes, this mocktail is alcohol-free and suitable for people who do not drink alcohol.

Can I make variations to the cinnamon syrup recipe?
Yes, you can make variations to the cinnamon syrup if you’d like to experiment with different flavors.  For example, you could add other spices such as cloves, star anise or nutmeg to compliment the cinnamon and enrich the flavor of the syrup.  Alternatively, you could adjust the amount of cinnamon used to infuse the syrup to make it more or less intense.

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