Oh hello again my friends. Care for a cranberry red wine spritzer???
Is it just me, or does anyone else have quite the hard time saying "spritzer" without a little smiley smirk. I just imagine Seth Galifianakis, or maybe Marty Huggins! ha!
If this looks familiar, it's because I got this idea from abeautifulmess. This is a super super festive little drink, and doesn't really take a ton of effort. YESSSSS!!!!
Here's what you need to make about a bottles worth:
1 cup halved raw cranberries
1 bottle of red wine (I used a merlot to balance the tart of the cranberry)
2 cinnamon sticks
24-30 whole raw cranberries
3 kabob sticks, cut in half
sugar for sprinkling
Bring the first 4 ingredients to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the wine starts to reduce. Refrigerate until cold and strain. Be careful here! The first batch that I made was a total disaster. The super hot wine busted the bottom of my glass pitcher! Pretty amazing actually. A perfect circular break in the glass. So...... although the original recipe says to strain before chilling, I recommend taking the cinnamon sticks out, and chilling before straining.
While that is chilling, string 4-5 cranberries on the end of a kabob stick broken in half. Run under water for a second, and sprinkle sugar over the wet berries. This recipe makes 6 of these.
Place some ice in a glass and fill with cranberry wine almost to the top. Add a splash of club soda, stir drink, and use the sugared cranberries as a garnish. VOILA!
These are super pretty and a big hit at any holiday party. Tastes like Xmas. :)