Tipple Tuesday: Cranberry

Today, November 23rd, 2010, is National Eat a Cranberry Day… but we think it should be “Drink” a Cranberry Day. With that said, what better way to kick start your Thanksgiving than with a cocktail? Here are a couple of low calorie/high antioxidant cocktails you can celebrate with.

Cranberry SmashCranberry Smash

2 oz. Square One ™ Botanical Spirit

1.5 oz. Beverage Artistry ™ Cranberry Base, thawed

8-10 mint leaves

1 oz. Lemon Juice

Muddle mint leaves in glass. Add ice, cranberry base and vodka. Stir. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

Cranberry Sparkle

1 oz. Square One ™ Botanical Spirit

0.5 oz. Perfect Puree ™ Cranberry Base, thawed

0.5 oz. Premium Triple Sec

1 tsp Benedictine

Brut Sparkling Wine

Place all ingredients, except sparkling wine, into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with 1-2 oz. brut sparkling wine and serve.

Thank you to H. Joseph Ehrmann of San Francisco’s Elixir and Perfect Puree of Napa Valley for these recipes.

Feel free to share your own cranberry recipes, cocktails or otherwise, in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!