Christmas is just three short weeks away, and if you're anything like me that means you're obsessing over every cookie, cake, and festive cocktail recipe on Pinterest while ignoring your Christmas shopping responsibilities.
Luckily R and I have dispensed with the yearly guessing game and simply trade Amazon wishlists each year. I know this doesn't fully capture the spirit of things, but we're picky and we both have hobbies that require very specific supplies. Also, it frees up time to focus on what's really important this time of year, and that's coming up with, and drinking, festive cocktails!
I had some leftover cranberries and juice that I didn't want to waste, so I added a little water and sugar and reduced it to make a simple syrup. I didn't add too much syrup to this drink because I didn't want it to be overly sweet, but just enough to add a tangy berry flavor. You can also use this syrup for Cranberry Margaritas and Vodka Soda as well.
Cranberry Moscow Mule
1/2 oz cranberry simple syrup (recipe below)
Juice of half a lime
To sugar the cranberries, roll in a little simple syrup or corn syrup, then shake sugar over them until they're coated. Set aside to dry.
Add vodka, juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and shake until mixed. Pour over ice in a copper mug or a rocks glass, top with ginger beer, and garnish with cranberries and a slice of lime.
Cranberry Simple Syrup
3/4 cup 100% cranberry juice
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
Add all ingredients to a heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. When the berries have softened and split, smash them with the spoon to release their flavor. Turn heat down and simmer for about 8 minutes until thickened to a syrupy consistency. Let cool then strain into a container. Store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.