A festive cocktail for holiday celebrations like Christmas, New Years, or Valentine's Day. Leave out the alcohol to make a special treat for a Mother's Day brunch or baby shower.


  • For Chai Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. Chai Spices
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • For one Cranberry Fizz cocktail:

  • 1 slice mandarin, tangerine or orange
  • 1/2 oz. Chai Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz. chilled cranberry juice
  • 4 oz. chilled club soda
  • 1 1/2 oz. white whiskey or brandy (optional)
  • 6 fresh or frozen cranberries for garnish (optional)


Simply leave out the alcohol to make a festive “mocktail.” For a sparkling cocktail, replace the club soda and spirit with 6 oz. Champagne or sparkling wine. Makes enough simple syrup for a dozen cocktails or more.


For Chai Simple Syrup: Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking to dissolve sugar and honey. Reduce heat and simmer 15 min. Strain and cool completely before use. For stronger syrup, leave the Chai Spices in for up to 2 weeks before use. Store sealed in the refrigerator.

For one Cranberry Fizz cocktail: Squeeze the orange slice into a cocktail glass for juice; place what remains of the slice in the bottom of the glass with the simple syrup and muddle with a wooden spoon. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Top with a few ice cubes if desired. Garnish with cranberries if using.


1½ cups simple syrup, 1 cocktail

Thanks To

Kate Wheeler, Savory Spice Shop—Santa Fe, NM owner

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