Friday, December 16

In the Kitchen: Holiday Drinks

Just a couple festive drink options for the holidays.  I would like to say I'll try the cocktail, but the sparkling drink just sounds so much easier.  Also, you're out of luck if you don't like cranberries.   

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 ounce Charbay ruby red grapefruit vodka
2 ounces Champagne
1 ounce cranberry juice
1 ounce black currant juice

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, dissolve sugar into 1 1/2 cups water. Add cranberries and simmer for 5 minutes, or until softened. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain, discard liquid, and place cranberries on a tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Chill vodka, Champagne, and juices, then mix in a champagne glass. Garnish with skewer of 4 or 5 frozen candied cranberries. Reserve the rest for another drink.

1 1/2 ounces Blackberry Puree
2 ounces white cranberry juice
2 to 3 ounces sparkling water
1 sprig mint, for garnish

Place blackberry puree and cranberry juice in a champagne flute. Add sparkling water to fill. Garnish with mint.

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

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