August 16, 2012

Thirsty Thursday: Ginger Cranberry Cocktail



Dotted with frozen cranberries and brimming with its beautiful, deep red hue, the Ginger Cranberry Cocktail is the sort of sip that looks as holiday-inspired as it tastes. Take a healthy serving of vodka, club soda, cranberry juice and lime, stir it all together with homemade ginger syrup, and you’ve elevated your average vodka cocktail to a concoction worthy of the season. Top it off with a sliver of shaved ginger or two and you’re ready to go. Bottoms up, folks.
Ingredients:
For Ginger Syrup:
4-inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup
sugar
1 1/2 cups water
For the Drink:
1 cup frozen
cranberries
1 lime, juiced
2 cups
vodka or gin
2 cups
cranberry juice
Splash
club sodaShaved ginger
Directions:
For Ginger Syrup:
Place all syrup ingredients in a
saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves and the ginger is infused in the syrup, about 20 minutes. Strain and allow to cool fully before use.
For the Drink:Crush the frozen cranberries in a large glass pitcher. Add the lime juice and their juiced wedges to the pitcher. Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice, and ginger syrup. Put ice in low-ball glasses and fill glasses about 2/3 full. Top off with club soda and garnish with a shaving of fresh ginger.
Note: Can be made without soda for a martini


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