Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thirsty Thursdays: I'll Have Cranberries With That!

It's Thirsty Thursday!

What girl doesn't like a fun and tasty cocktail to go with her stunning outfit for the night, right? Cocktails can be a girl's best accessory. This week I picked one of my all time favorite ingredients. I mean who doesn't love cranberries? I am going to switch it up week to week, and post fun and flirty drinks. Some weeks I will post recipes I have found on the internet, or drinks I have created myself. For this Thirsty Thursdays i've chosen to pick some tastyy recipes I found online. 

Cranberry Cutie Cocktail

3 ounces Sierra Mist Natural
3 ounces Cranberry Juice
Juice from 1 cutie/clementine orange
 1 ounce lime juice
Cutie slice and cranberry sugar for garnish

So here is your method to the madness in making this sweet cocktail: In a shaker filled with ice - mix cranberry juice, lime juice and cutie juice. Then you are going to want to add Sierra Mist Natural and stir it in. Now, strain into two martini glasses with edges that have been dipped in cranberry sugar (i've found sugar to be the same; Truvia works just as well if you want to cut the sugar & sweetness). Last on the list - garnish with a cutie slice.

Cranberry Fiz

6 oz Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash
       2 oz fresh squeeze orange juice
   2 oz vodka
     ½ lime, juiced
  Optional Garnish
       lime slices
      fresh cranberries

This one is my favorite of the bunch and here is how you can make it yours - In a glass filled with ice, mix all of the above ingredients together. Then, simply garnish with a few berries of your choice, and a slice of lime. (Comment and let me know about this one)

Cranberry Infused Rum

  2 cups fresh cranberries
    8 cloves
   8 allspice berries
       4 cinnamon sticks
       2 whole star anise

       1 liter rum

Using a mortar and pestle, crush the cranberries. You want to make sure that at least half the fruit is crushed so that they more easily release their flavor and color to the rum. If you don't have a mortar and pestle, pulse the cranberries in a food processor 4-5 times instead.
Divide the cranberries and spices evenly between two quart-sized Mason jars.
Pour the rum over the fruit, dividing it evenly between the jars.
Cover tightly and allow to infuse for 1 week, shaking the jars once a day.
Strain the alcohol and discard the solid pieces. Rinse out the jars and return the rum to them. Cover and refrigerate.

Virgin Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellini's

1 1/2 cups simple syrup, recipe follows
1 1/4 cups POM juice, chilled
1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice, chilled
1 (25.3 fluid ounces) bottle sparkling water, chilled
2 limes, thinly sliced
1 bunch fresh mint, for garnish

In a 6 to 8 cup capacity pitcher, combine the POM juice, cranberry juice and sparkling water.
To each glass, add a slice of lime and a sprig of mint. Pour the bellini mixture into the prepared glasses and serve.

OMG! All of these recipes sound so yummy! What are your favorite cranberry drink recipes? Share with me I would love to hear all about them. 

Looks like I am the bartender at my place tonight. =)
Have a fabulous Thursday Night. 



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