Holiday Season = Holiday Cocktails


Ingredients (or something like that):

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


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.


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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