I hope all of you are enjoying the Beauties' Thanksgiving blog entries as much as I am. I was very happy when my sister (aka Sparkly Megan) asked if I would be willing to write an entry for a fabulous Thanksgiving cocktail. Apparently my sister saves everything, because she sent me an email from 2004 where I recommended this drink to her (nice filing Meg). It is a great recipe, and I am not sure how it was removed from my cocktail repertoire - I am glad to add it back into rotation. The name is a bit misleading, as it is more like a rum based martini. Either way, it will definitely put you in the holiday spirit.
For the simple syrup
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 c. whole cranberries
1/2 tsp. orange zest
1/2 c of light rum
Add sugar, water, one cinnamon stick and grated orange peel to a small pan. Stir, and bring to a boil. Once the liquid is boiling, add the whole cranberries. Let simmer until the cranberries 'pop' [just a few minutes]. Remove from heat, and place the liquid in a jar to cool. Add rum, and place in refrigerator until ready to use. If you would like, put the remaining cranberries in the freezer (for use as garnish).
|Simple Syrup - Smells Amazing!|
6 tbsp each: dark rum, light rum, cranberry juice, and lemon juice
Add simple syrup/rum mixture to a pitcher. Add additional ingredients, and stir.
Serve in martini glasses with a bit of crushed ice. Garnish with frozen cranberries.
I have to admit, I was a little concerned about the amount of rum (I am more of a vodka girl myself). But if you are dealing with in-laws, turkeys, or crowds, make this drink. Happy (early) Thanksgiving!