Christmas Cranberry Ginger Fizz!

While decorating the house we made this festive cocktail. This recipe makes 4 drinks. With 1 1/2 cups of vodka 2 is the limit. I’m really glad I bought the mint springs. I almost skipped this, as funny as it sounds it really was a treat to smell the mint every time you take a sip. The secret to this drink is the crushed ice. Makes a crunchy delicious cocktail. 
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 orange, cut into slices
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka
  • 1 cup chilled Ginger Ale
  • 4 mint springs
Preparation
  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  2. Heat the syrup to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Add the cranberries and simmer for 2-3 minutes until they just begin to burst. Remove from heat and let cool in syrup.
  3. Place syrup with cranberries in a large pitcher; add the lemon wedges and orange slices.
  4. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, vigorously mash the fruit.
  5. Stir in vodka and let steep for at least 5 minutes.
  6. Strain into a medium pitcher. Add Ginger ale.
  7. Fill 4 glasses with crushed ice ( very important part)
  8. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then pour half the cranberry mixture into the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds, strain liquid into two glasses. Repeat.
  9. Mound additional ice on top of each glass and garnish with 3 candied cranberries and a mint sprig.
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