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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cranberry Mojitos

Christmas is almost here! It is such a wonderful time of year! Friends and family coming to town, communities coming together to celebrate and decorate, and best of all, holiday treats and drinks! I love getting into the spirit with seasonal libations. I enjoy putting a holiday spin on traditional favorites. Mojitos are one of my favorite drinks to make during the summer, and I found myself wanting to make them festive for the holidays. Rather than using cranberry cocktail, I decided to make a cranberry-infused simple syrup and add it to a traditional mojito recipe. Warning: these are so tasty you may forget there is alcohol in them! I just love the way they look, too! With fun pops of red and green, these gorgeous cocktails are sure to be a hit at your next party!

Cranberry Mojitos

Preparation:  10 min Cook Time: 5 min Total Time: 15 min
Serves: 4

          1 cup of fresh cranberries
          1 1/2 cups of fresh mint (just the leaves)
          1 cup water
          4 tbsp lime juice
          1 cup (or 8 oz) of rum
          Soda water


          1) Place the cranberries, sugar and water in a medium size pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.

          2) Once simmering, lower the heat to medium-low for 10 minutes.

          3) Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, take a mesh strainer and place it over a bowl. 
                Pour the mixture into the strainer, and using a large spoon, press the cranberries to try and extract 
                as much liquid as you can.

          4) Arrange the glasses you plan on serving the drinks in. Place about 8-10 mint leaves and 
              squeeze one tbsp of lime juice into each glass. Muddle the leaves with the lime juice. 
             (Note: I infused my simple syrup with the mint leaves...this is a nice option if you want less of the 
               leaves in your drink.)

          5) Place ice in each glass and then pour 4 tbsp (2 oz) of rum and 4 tbsp (2 oz) of the cranberry simple 
               syrup into each glass. Top with soda water and garnish with fresh cranberries.



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