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Southern Holiday Cosmopolitan

Southern Holiday Cosmopolitan

Whether you still have a house full of holiday guests or they’ve left and you’re settling into the quiet – this is a delectable cocktail to usher in this magical time of year.

Having passed through the first celebration of this festive season you might have a few leftovers on hand. I’m always talking about food with Emily and she was recently sharing ideas for leftover cranberry relish. So if you happen to have any cranberry sauce hanging around or better yet, you made the Cranberry Maple Sauce with our Almond Crusted French Toast – you’re all set to make this beautiful beverage that fits the sweet mood of this time of year.

To create the backdrop for this drink, start with smooth, clean vodka then pair it with one of our favorites – Cointreau – to bring a deep citrus note of orange. Then add fresh juice and zest from lime, the aromatics of rosemary and the slightly tart, subtly sweet addition of cranberry sauce.

Shake the cocktail over ice until well chilled…

then served in spectacular fashion with a few fresh cranberries…

and a sprig of fresh rosemary. A delight for all the senses! Cheers to the beauty of the holidays!

Southern Holiday Cosmopolitan

3 ounces vodka

4 ounces Cointreau

½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice – 1 tablespoon

¼ teaspoon lime zest

4 tablespoons cranberry maple sauce*

3 fresh rosemary sprigs, divided

Fresh cranberries for garnish

Pour the vodka along with the Cointreau into a cocktail shaker.

Add the fresh lime juice and lime zest, followed by the cranberry maple sauce.

Crush one of the rosemary sprigs in your hands to release the oils and toss it into the shaker.

Fill with ice and shake vigorously until the shaker feels very cold to the touch.

Strain and pour into martini glasses. Garnish with fresh cranberries and remaining rosemary sprigs.

This recipe makes two delightful cocktails.

*You can quickly make a batch or half a batch of the cranberry maple sauce. Or use your favorite cranberry sauce instead of fresh cranberries. Then just add the maple syrup, orange juice and almond extract.

For the cranberry maple sauce:

1-1/2 cups pure maple syrup

Juice of one orange, about ¼ cup

1 twelve-ounce package fresh cranberries, about 4 cups – rinsed and sorted

½ teaspoon pure almond extract

Pour the maple syrup and the orange juice into a saucepan.

Add the cranberries and cook over medium heat until most of the berries have popped and are softened, about 15 minutes.

Remove the cranberry mixture from the heat and using an immersion blender, puree until smooth. Stir in the almond extract.

The cranberry maple sauce can be made 3 to 5 days in advance.

Southern Holiday Cosmopolitan, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

November 23, 2018
: Makes 2 cocktails.

Smooth, clean vodka paired with Cointreau and it’s bright citrus notes. Fresh juice and zest from lime, the aromatics of rosemary and the slightly tart, subtly sweet flavors of cranberry sauce. Shaken over ice until well chilled then served in spectacular fashion with a few fresh cranberries and a sprig of fresh rosemary. A delight for all the senses!

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Ingredients
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces Cointreau
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice – 1 tablespoon
  • ¼ teaspoon lime zest
  • 4 tablespoons cranberry maple sauce*
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs, divided
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish, optional
  • For the cranberry maple sauce:
  • 1-1/2 cups pure maple syrup
  • Juice of one orange, about ¼ cup
  • 1 twelve-ounce package fresh cranberries, about 4 cups – rinsed and sorted
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
Directions
  • Step 1 Pour the vodka along with the Cointreau into a cocktail shaker.
  • Step 2 Add the fresh lime juice and lime zest, then the cranberry maple sauce.
  • Step 3 Crush one of the rosemary sprigs in your hands and toss it into the shaker.
  • Step 4 Fill with ice and shake vigorously until the shaker feels very cold to the touch.
  • Step 5 Strain and pour into martini glasses. Garnish with fresh cranberries and remaining rosemary sprigs.
  • Step 6 *You can quickly make a batch or half a batch of the cranberry maple sauce. Or use your favorite cranberry sauce instead of fresh cranberries. Then just add the maple syrup, orange juice and almond extract.
  • Step 7 For the cranberry maple sauce:
  • Step 8 Pour the maple syrup and the orange juice into a saucepan. Add the cranberries and cook over medium heat until most of the berries have popped and are softened, about 15 minutes.
  • Step 9 Remove the cranberry mixture from the heat and using an immersion blender, puree until smooth. Stir in the almond extract.
  • Step 10 The cranberry maple sauce can be made 3 to 5 days in advance.


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