I'm getting into the spirit of the holidays,
With a festive cranberry cocktail,
Because somehow I ended up
With an inordinate amount of cranberries
In my fridge;
A reminder of Thanksgiving past,
Where every year
My sister and I woo the family
With delicious food and a perfectly set table,
In our quest for a Norman Rockwell holiday;
Only to be jolted back to the reality
Of televised football,
Canned cranberry sauce,
And our annual re-creation
Of a Clampett family reunion.
Fresh Cranberry Cocktails with Vodka
Cranberry season is still in full swing even after Thanksgiving. This versatile little berry is filled with antioxidant benefits, and is available throughout the month of December.
After a good rinse, I picked out the soft cranberries.
I made a simple cranberry syrup by cooking the berries with sugar, water, and the peel from half an orange. It simmered for 10 minutes.
I strained the cranberries and refrigerated the syrup. It thickens slightly after refrigeration because cranberries are high in pectin. Isn't it a lively shade of red?
I made a quick trip to The Larder in Doylestown to pick up some glittery sugar to bedazzle the rims of my cocktail glasses.
The Larder has an impressive assortment of sugar, sprinkles, chocolate, cocoa, gluten free ingredients, and nuts. I was overwhelmed with giddiness. It is a baker's paradise.
With my drinks mixed, and the glasses glistening with sugary holiday cheer,
I still have a mother lode of cranberries.
And if I were the crafty type,
I would string them up,
And make a natural garland for the tree;
But I'm not.