Cocktail of the Week: Cranberry Mimosa

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I’ve still got cranberry juice in the fridge and it’s still Autumn… So, I guess I better figure something out here, huh? I can’t use straight cranberry juice because that would pucker the face of anyone who drank it into some unimaginable nightmare. That is an easy enough fix with some simple syrup. But, what can I do with cranberry juice? Ah, I know, a mimosa!

The ingredients
The ingredients

Cranberry Mimosa

  • 1 part Prosecco
  • 1 part cranberry juice w/ simple syrup

Pour juice and syrup into flute glass, add Prosecco. Garnish with thyme and cranberries if desired (or you have them.)

Note: Only use simple syrup if you’re using 100% cranberry juice. If you bought regular cranberry juice, or as it is sometimes called cranberry cocktail, you don’t need to worry about sweetening it. I mixed the juice and simple syrup in with a 2:1 ratio.

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I had doubts about this cocktail. I couldn’t imagine how bad it would have been if I went with pure cranberry juice but with it sufficiently sweetened this turned out wonderful the dry Prosecco works well with the tartness of cranberries. This cocktail would be a perfect pair with fowl, so give it a try with your Thanksgiving dinner and let me know what you thought!

Cocktail of the Week: Gin and Sin

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I’m not quite sure how I stumbled upon this cocktail. I think I was looking for cocktails that had cranberry juice in them. Of course, that is a lot of cocktails, but this one had gin and fruit juice and I was hopeful!

The ingredients
The ingredients

Gin and Sin

  • 1 1/2 oz. Gin
  • 1 oz. Orange juice
  • 1 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Grenadine or Cranberry juice
  • Fresh cranberries

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a few cranberries.

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But, either I made it wrong or it’s just not that good. D thought it tasted like cough syrup. I thought it was much too sour. Maybe the lemons were too tart? Maybe the orange was sour? I don’t know, but this was the first time I’ve made a cocktail and not liked the end result. When I try it again, I will use a sweet lemon and use less of its juice, more orange juice and maybe some cranberry simple syrup, something with a lot more sweet in it, than just juice or a splash of grenadine.