Cranberries aren’t just for cranberry sauce.
By making syrup, muddling fresh berries, or even using cranberry sauce, you can put a unique and tangy spin on a drink. Plus, if the weather is bit blustery, it might make it feel like holiday time. And who doesn’t like a little celebration in their day?
- 1 1/2 oz. Reyka Vodka
- 1/2 oz. Orange Liqueur
- 1/2 oz. Squeezed Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz. Cranberry Sauce
- Fresh Cranberries (for garnish)
Preparation: Combine Reyka vodka, cranberry sauce, lime juice, orange liqueur and ice in cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into glass. Garnish with cranberries.
Ketel One Cranberry Celebration
- 1 1/2 oz. Ketel One® Citroen
- 1 tbsp. Cranberry Reduction*
- 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
- Club Soda
Preparation: Combine first four ingredients in a mixing glass. Vigorously shake with ice and pour contents into a rocks glass (fine strain over new ice if you prefer no chunks). Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a cranberry and mint sprig.
Take a 12 oz. bag of cranberries, rinse and add 4 oz. of orange juice and 4 oz. of simple syrup. Bring it to a boil, and let simmer for 5-7 minutes. Stir occasionally while it is simmering. Place the reduction into the freezer for 30 minutes and allow to thicken.
Courtesy of Keith Ferris, Culinary Institute of America
- 1/4 cup Fresh Cranberries (approximately 8)
- 1 1/2 oz. Vodka or Bourbon
- 5 Fresh Mint Leaves
- 1 Lime Wedge (cut into 6 pieces)
- 1 tsp. Brown Sugar
- 5 oz. Ginger Ale
Preparation: Place cranberries, mint, lime, and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddling stick (or the back of a tablespoon), muddle the mixture until the cranberries are slightly crushed and the mint is bruised. Add ice and shake for approximately 10 seconds. Place the mixture into a rocks glass with ice and add ginger ale. Add fresh mint leaves as a garnish.
Winter Cranberry Cocktail
Courtesy of Carrie Floyd
- 5 oz. Freshly Squeezed Tangerine or Orange Juice
- 2 oz. Vodka
- 1 to 2 oz. Cranberry Simple Syrup*
- 1 to 2 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- Fresh Cranberries
Preparation: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then pour in the tangerine juice, vodka, and the lesser amount of lemon juice and cranberry syrup. Shake vigorously, then taste. If you like a sweeter drink, add more cranberry syrup. If you prefer it more tart, add lemon juice. Strain into two martini glasses. Garnish with fresh cranberries.
*Cranberry Simple Syrup
Place 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1 cup fresh cranberries in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook until the cranberries have started to burst and are soft. Strain through a sieve, pushing on the berries with a back of a large spoon, and spooning the pulp from the underside into the syrup.
- 3 tbsp. Gin
- 1 tbsp. Cranberry Reduction*
- 1 1/2 tsp. Fresh Lime Juice
- Ice cubes
- Lemon-lime Soft Drink
Preparation: Combine gin, cranberry reduction, and fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Cover with lid; shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds). Strain into a 10-oz. glass filled with ice cubes. Top with lemon-lime soft drink.
- 2 cups Cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup Canned jellied cranberry sauce
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 4 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 (3-inch) rosemary sprig
Preparation: Boil first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes or until smooth. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half and slightly thickened. Add rosemary; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Discard rosemary. Cool mixture 30 minutes. Cover and chill 1 hour. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.