Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cranberry red wine spritzers!

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
1/3cup sugar
24-30 whole raw cranberries
3 kabob sticks, cut in half
sugar for sprinkling
club soda

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. :)

Trish


11 comments:

  1. That sounds really good. I've just found the magic of Rumchada and root beer. Mmm, it's like the best root beer float ever.

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  2. Oh my! This looks wonderful. I need this in my life.

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  3. So yummy!

    http://www.teenyhippie.com/

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  4. this looks almost as delish as my ornament!

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  5. Hey there!
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog and entering my linkup! I just followed you and love your blog!
    <3
    Leighanna
    Shineyourglorydown.blogspot.com

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  6. Shut up! You always do the coolest drinks. I'm jealous.

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    1. ha! thanks Sara. What can I say..... I am a drinkaholic.
      seriously. :)

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  7. Yum, this looks really good! I need to try a few cranberry cocktails this season.

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  8. Sounds yummy. Ive tried my hand at Sangria, but I guess Im just more of a straight red wine kind of gal.

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  9. WOW! This is really an amazing and attractive post about a fine recipe of Cranberry red wine spritzers. I appreciate your posted wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing such an interesting post.

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