And just like that we say goodbye to another year. As much as I find the holidays to be stressful and overwhelming, I always look forward to New Years. I like fresh starts and the idea of new beginnings.

Mulled Cranberry Cocktail,

Be kinder than necessary.
Say yes.
Push yourself.
Give more than you take.
Do something everyday that your future self will thank you for.
Let your light shine.
Share your wisdom.
Radiate love.

Whatever you are, be a good one. -Abraham Lincoln.

Mulled Cranberry Juice with Vanilla Vodka,

My resolution for the new year is simple: be better, do better.

Mulled Cranberry Juice with Vodka and Citrus,

I truly wish every single one of you a healthy and happy New Year. Thank you for reading, commenting, supporting, and sharing what is Mountain Mama Cooks. Be safe and have fun as you ring in the new year. Here’s to an awesome 2013!

Mulled Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Mulled cranberry juice is served cold with vanilla infused vodka for the perfect winter cocktail.


  • 1- 32 oz bottle cranberry cocktail juice (Ocean Spray or similar)
  • 2 oz prepared mulling spice
  • vanilla infused vodka
  • 1 orange, sliced for garnish


  1. In a large stock pot, heat cranberry juice and mulling spice over medium heat until juice comes to a low boil. Turn heat to low and let juice and mulling spice simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and drain cranberry juice, discarding mulling spices. Chill cranberry. *Can be made up to 3 days ahead.
  2. When ready to serve, add a healthy handful of ice to a small cocktail glass. Add 1.5 oz vanilla vodka to each glass and top with mulled cranberry juice. Top each glass with a sliced orange. Serve immediately.


Recipe makes approximately 6-8 cocktails. The mulled cranberry juice is delicious on it's own without the vodka if you want to serve a non-alcoholic drink.
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8 Responses to Mulled Cranberry Juice Cocktail

  1. yummy! that looks delicious! what i would do to have that drink. right now. your pictures are always so gorgeous. happy new year! 🙂

  2. Gorgeous photos, Kelley! I would love to sit by the fire with a cup of this cocktail cradled in my hands. Happy New Year to you and your sweet family.

  3. Looks fabulous Kelly; I expected warm but this is really more my style. I’ve even got some of that vodka so it’s a must try!

  4. Annalise says:

    This cocktail is totally my style. Love it! Happy new year Kelley, I hope 2013 treats you and your family well!

  5. What a festive, and delicious drink for around the holidays! Wishing you the best in 2013

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