Posts Tagged holiday cocktails

CHRISTMASY CRANBERRY COCKTAIL MIX

23 December 2009

This is ridiculously yummy, and gets you right into the holiday spirit. 

4 cups fresh cranberries
1 bottle cranberry juice
9 whole allspice berries
5 cinnamon sticks
9 whole cloves
1 cup sugar
1. Place cranberries, cranberry juice, 5 allspice berries, 3 cinnamon sticks, 5 cloves and 1 cup sugar in a large pot, and bring to a boil and cook until berries start bursting – about 10 minutes.
2. Strain mixture through a fine sieve (I use a metal sieve first, followed by a re-usable coffee filter).  Return to pot.
3. Place remaining spices (2 cinnamon sticks, 4 cloves, 4 allspice berries) into a parchment bundle or bag, add to pot, and reheat mixture over low until the desired temperature is reached (I usually let it simmer this way for an hour or more). Remove spice packet.
4. If serving cold cocktails, bottle mixture and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

COCKTAIL SUGGESTION:
Mix 2 parts Christmasy Cranberry Cocktail Mix with 1 part Deer Park Farms Plain Apple Vodka.  Shake in cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Serve cold over ice.

IRRESISTIBLE APPLE CIDER

23 December 2009

6 cups apple cider (make your own with my recipe if you want, but don’t use plain apple juice)
1/4 cup maple syrup (the real kind)
2 – 3 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
1 orange peel, cut into strips
1 lemon peel, cut into strips
1 – 2 cups whiskey or rum, to taste (I use 1 1/2 cups, but this can be a bit “strong”)
1/4 – 1/2 cups Butterscotch (or Cinnamon) Schnapps (optional)

1. Pour apple cider and maple syrup into slow cooker (or pot) on low.

2. Bundle cinnamon, cloves, allspice, orange peel and lemon into spice bag or cheese cloth (place in center and bring four corners up and tie with kitchen twine) and add to cider.

3. Allow to simmer for several hours (if using the stove top – do NOT allow to boil). Remove spice bundle.

4. Just before serving, stir in the schnapps and either whiskey or rum (I prefer whiskey).