Holiday Season = Holiday Cocktails

FANCY CRANBERRY SAUCE COCKTAILS

Ingredients (or something like that):

Fresh cranberries; your favorite honey; rosemary; port; ginger; orange oil or orange zest

THE SHMECIPE:

We have friends coming over tomorrow night. This translates into me prepping for tomorrow, today. It allows for fails, but also, and more importantly, time to taste everything.

I love cocktails. Actually, I love making cocktails. Actually actually, I love concocting things in my kitchen for cocktails like a witch over her cauldron on Halloween. It is one of my most favorite ways to cook in the kitchen. So, with the Holiday Season here, I decided that Holiday Cocktails were in order for the festivities tomorrow night.

I began with about 2 cups of port. I used cheaper stuff, because it’s my cooking port, and it’s what I had laying around the house. I bring it to a simmer in a sauce pan, and add about 8oz. of cranberries. In addition to this, a healthy spoonful of honey…in the end I probably ended up using about 3/4 cup of honey. I add just a touch of rosemary, and about 1/4 cup of chopped ginger. Let it all simmer together, stirring while it becomes delicious.

After about 20 minutes of simmering and stirring, turn off the heat. In a food processor (or in a mini one, which is what I used since you don’t need that giant thing for this), toss in your mixture, top with a splash of orange oil, or add in your orange zest, and blend  together for about 30 seconds. Strain into a container of your choice, and get ready for a yummy cocktail!

Now, what you’re left with is a Cranberry Port Reduction (basically). The texture should be smooth with no chunks. Pour desired amount into a glass, top with good vodka, and “fizzy” water (club soda, or something similar), and enjoy! If this drink is not sweet enough for you, simply add a bit of simple syrup. I make my own, by doing a 1:1 mix of sugar and water. Heat your water in a sauce pan on the stove, just to a simmer, add sugar, and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. I keep mine in a large ball jar in the ice box.

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One thought on “Holiday Season = Holiday Cocktails

  1. I used the “sauce” the other night… it was awesome. It absolutely needed a little simple syrup…or at least I thought so. But, the best part of it, was that the flavors that I used, mainly the rosemary and ginger (obviously in addition to the cranberries), came through! You could taste them all, and it made for an absolutely delicious cocktail!

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