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Cranberry Orange Crush Cocktail Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup fresh cranberries
    • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    • 1/4 cup sugar (adjust according to taste)
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 2 ounces vodka
    • 1 ounce orange liqueur (such as triple sec or Cointreau)
    • Ice cubes
    • Orange slices and fresh cranberries for garnish
    • Sparkling water or club soda (optional)

    Instructions:

    Prepare Cranberry Orange Syrup:

    In a small saucepan, combine the fresh cranberries, orange juice, sugar, and water.

    Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the cranberries burst and the sugar dissolves completely.

    Once the cranberries are soft and the mixture has thickened slightly (about 8-10 minutes), remove from heat.

    Allow the syrup to cool for a few minutes, then strain it through a fine mesh sieve into a clean container. Discard the solids and set the syrup aside to cool completely.

    Prepare the Cocktail:

    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

    Pour 2 ounces of vodka and 1 ounce of orange liqueur into the shaker.

    Add 2-3 tablespoons of the cranberry orange syrup (adjust according to taste preference).

    Close the shaker tightly and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds to chill the ingredients.

    Assemble the Drink:

    Fill a glass with ice cubes.

    Strain the shaken cocktail mixture into the glass, using a strainer to catch any ice or fruit pulp.

    If desired, top off the drink with a splash of sparkling water or club soda for a bit of fizz.

    Garnish and Serve:

    Garnish the cocktail with a slice of orange and a few fresh cranberries for a festive touch.

    Optionally, you can also add a sprig of fresh mint for extra aroma and visual appeal.

    Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly!

    Note:

    You can prepare the cranberry orange syrup in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. Simply give it a good stir before using to incorporate any settled solids. Adjust the sweetness of the syrup according to your taste preferences by adding more or less sugar.

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