“Seventh Day of Holiday Cocktails”

“On the seventh day of holiday cocktails, my true love made for me…

…seven cranberry mojitos!”

Nothing says ‘happy holidays’ like cranberries — from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.  Refreshing, tart (unless heavily sugared), and just the right colors of reds to enhance a cocktail glass looking the part for the season.

Today’s recipe was found on WikiHow, and required a little bit of cooking skills during the preparation phase.  Our ingredients:

  • 8 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c water
  • 20 mint leaves
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • Ice
  • 4 oz light rum
  • 4-6 oz club soda
  • Fresh cranberries and mint leaves for garnish

Making the cranberry simple syrup:  Place cranberries, sugar and water in saucepan over medium heat.  When water starts to boil, lower the heat to medium low.  Cook the cranberries, stirring occasionally until the berries start to pop, about 10 minutes.  Remove berries from heat and allow the mixture to cool.  Strain the berries out of the syrup through a sieve, saving the syrup (and find another use for the berries, as desired).

Preparing the cocktail:  Place 10 mint leaves and 1 Tbsp lime juice in bottom of highball glass.  Muddle the mint with a muddler (you will be done when you can smell the mint aroma up from the glass).  [I lost my muddler so I used a blunt wooden spoon.  New muddler on my next fancy kitchen store visit.]  Fill the glass 2/3 full of ice.  Add 1 oz light rum and 1 oz cranberry simple syrup.  Top the glass with club soda.  Float fresh cranberries and mint leaf for garnish. Makes 2 cocktails, with enough cranberry simple syrup left over for 6 more!

Remember that I wasn’t excited about creme de menthe featured in our cocktail on the fourth day.  But the mint in a mojito is…well, different.  Maybe mint should be more like the best supporting actress in a great movie — you can’t have a blockbuster without her, but she’s not the main character. Mint brings out the best in the cranberry and the rum and the lime.

This is another light, refreshing cocktail that has great color and would be another compliment to brunch or just holiday season afternoon relaxation!

 

 

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