Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup
- 1 ½ cups, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ cups cranberries
- peel from half an orange
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- pinch of kosher salt
Place one tablespoon sugar, cranberries and orange peel in a saucepot.
Cook down until tender, about five minutes.
Add 1 ½ cups sugar, water, lemon juice and salt to the pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. If you want more intense flavors and color, you can let the mixture cool for 30 minutes.
Strain the liquid twice to remove the fruit. Pour the cooled mixture into a bottle or pitcher.
Cranberry-Orange Wine Spritzer
The Creamy Christmas
Place some ice in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 ounce of Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup, 2 ounces of vodka or rum. Top and shake until the shaker is cold to the touch. Strain into a martini glass, add 1 ounce of club soda and garnish with a cranberry or orange slice.