Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cranberry Cocktails - Pink Saturday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...
There was a time when I'd have blanched if asked to bring wine or drinks to a party. In my mind, there was always something about that request that indicated incompetence or the inability to cook. I'm no longer quite so proud and was delighted when asked to supply libations for a party we'll be attending this Sunday. We live on the West coast, so, for us, the Academy Awards begin and end at a human hour and allow us plenty of time for people watching and raucous rounds of applause or cat-calls. We do eat, but on this occasion fancy drinks become slightly more important than they might otherwise be. One of the drinks I've planned is designed specifically for the gals. While it's served in martini glasses there is nothing about it, save vodka, to tie it to its more potent cousin. It's a great, if strong, drink for luncheons, showers and other special occasions. Be forewarned, the snake oil salesman in me is about to surface. Ready? It's also good for you because of all the calcium rich cranberry juice that's used to make it. I also sell bridges and oil wells if you're in the market. This is really simple to do and cranberry flavored syrup can be made several days before using if it's refrigerated. Here's the recipe.

Cranberry Cocktails
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Martha Stewart

Ingredients:
Cranberry Syrup
Finely grated zest of 1 large orange
Finely grated zest of 1 large lime
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup water
2-1/2 cups plain cranberry juice
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12 ounces vodka

Directions:
1) Combine orange zest, lime zest, sugar and water in a medium pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly. Place cranberry juice in a 1-quart jar that has a lid. Add sugar syrup and close jar. Shake to combine. Refrigerate for up to 5 days.
2) To make one drink, combine 1/2 cup of cranberry syrup and 2 ounces of vodka in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a cold martini glass. Yield: 6 drinks.

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Poinsettia and Champagne Cocktail - One Perfect Bite
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This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

45 comments:

Mary said...

Sounds yummy to me!

Joy said...

I so want one, right now! Can you just pass it through the monitor screen please Mary?

Debinhawaii said...

It looks delicious--and such a pretty color too!

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, along with any cooked dish, I am always told to bring my Pomegranite Martinis! It's always an honor! This looks wonderful and I always love it when the color is beautiful too
xoxo Pattie

zurin said...

beautiful colour! vibrant and alluring !wld be hard to refuse a drink like that.

dana said...

Now THIS is the type of recipe that I can probably make successfully--and really enjoy! I will certainly give this a try!

Happy Pink Sat!! L, Dana

Big Dude said...

Sounds like a drink the wife would love and since I like the cranberry flavor, maybe me too if its not too sweet. We'll give it a try.

Bob said...

My girlfriend would love those! Heh, I probably would too, but I think I'd have to drink them in the dark. ;)

Nancy said...

So, there IS cooking involved! :-) Sounds great. Thanks so much for your posts. (Right now, I am tossing old scraps of paper recipes and moving on to web ones! Space, love it!)

Sounds wonderful and it is good for me, too. Love that part! Happy Pink Saturday!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Wonderful! I could drink a pitcher of them.. ;-)

Barbara said...

Gorgeous! Going to bookmark this for next Christmas! I just love the color!

Happy Oscar party!

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Mary and I am going to try this cocktail - yummy.
Sylvia

bj said...

O, Mary...you so crack me up..

This drink is a MUST try for me. It sounds and looks delicious. I wish I had a huge drink of it right now...and it's not even noon. But...hey....it's 5 o'clock somewhere, right!!
Have a blessed weekend...
xo bj

Maggie said...

Oh I want a whole pitcher of these!

Happy PS!

In Shoes We Trust,
Maggie Mae
"Do these shoes match this purse?"

Regina said...

Sweet and refreshing.
Happy Pink Saturday Mary.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Karen said...

Cheers! Such a pretty color.

♥ Kathy said...

I like pretty drinks...and pretty food :)

Tiffanee said...

You amaze me. I featured you on my blog today!! Happy Pink Saturday!!

happilyretired said...

Delicious to the eyes and the imagination! I could use one right about now ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Janine said...

Sounds SO good!!

MaryMoh said...

What a sexy drink!

chefany said...

OOOOO my favorite femmy drink! I am going to make this one for sure! Thanks!

Joie de vivre said...

How FUN! I wish I'd thought of an Oscar party earlier. Perhaps I can still get some girls over. I love looking at all of the dresses too and the men just don't understand. You'll have a great time, especially with these pretty drinks.

Big Dude said...

As it turns out, we had no cranberry juice on hand but some raspberry instead. So I made up a batch and they are indeed good, but like any martini, can definately hurt you. thanks for the recipe.

Debbi Smith said...

I love cranberry! This looks amazingly delicious. I so wish I had one of these now! I'm going to print this out for one of the gals nights, it would be perfect. Thanks!

Miss Melanie said...

"clink"

cheers to this...feeling the thirst!

A Year on the Grill said...

that's a pretty drink... And put $5 on "Up in the Air" on me, best movie I have seen in a long time (which means it is doomed)

Couture de Papier said...

Love your post! Happy Pink Saturday!

Arlette said...

what a delicious and refreshing drink... Love the color

Kathleen said...

This sounds like a lovely cocktail!

Mary said...

Larry, I'm so glad you liked the drink. Thanks for letting me know.

Jennifer(Savor) said...

Mary, mary, mary...I really wish I lived earby. I mean, I can picture coming by and baking with you while we sip lovely drinks....this would occur every Saturday.

merrilymarylee said...

I couldn't wait to see what your pink dish would be.

It looks y-u-m-m-y!!! My problem is that when they're that tasty (and I can tell that one is!) all my sipping skills are forgotten and I want to gulp it rigt down. Best to serve me an awful tasting drink so that I can maintain my dignity. :)

Elena said...

It sounds & looks delicious - love the colour too.

Happy pink saturday Mary! Have a great week.

ciao,
Elena :)

Joanne said...

Cranberry and vodka are definitely a match made in heaven. I love that you added lemon and lime to it. A great balance of flavors!

Cookin' Canuck said...

Now this is my kid of cocktail. I love the combination of cranberry and vodka - it goes down far too easily.

Foley said...

I'm in! Keep them coming...

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Cape Cods are my #1 favorite cocktail. I like your version and it looks like I have a new Happy Hour cocktail to add to my Friday night tradition with hubs. Thanks!

Laura in Paris said...

What a weekend with cranberry thoughts and vodka!

Cathy said...

I'm not a fan of sweet drinks, but this one is very tempting, Mary. I would like the combination of juices that you've used. And fruit juice is good for us...right?

Hungry Dog said...

I would love to sip a few of these while watching the awards tonight. Have fun!!

Chef Aimee said...

I will be sure to try this cocktail recipe, because I sure could use a cocktail!

Katy ~ said...

This sounds YUMMY! I drink Cape Cods and this sounds much nicer!

Claudia said...

love cranberry and vodka. Your recipe is grand and it is so very pretty and celebratory.

Diana's Cocina said...

Love cranberry and vodka and I'm a fan of sweet drinks. This one is a must.

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