I’m not really a cranberry sauce person. Some people are only about the homemade stuff, and some people are totally down for the congealed, canned “sauce” that you can slice. I’ve never really been into either, which is mostly just because I’m the pickiest eater on the planet.
Seriously, I work at a meal planning company and after telling my co-workers how picky I am, one of them said, “Beth, you should probably sign up for the kid-friendly plan. You’d probably like that.”
Because really, I am a child.
But I do like the flavor of actual cranberries, and y’all know how I feel about cocktails.
I used a regular, unflavored vodka, but you can get creative with that if you’d like. Really, it’s what I had already, and if I wasn’t so cheap I would have gone out and gotten a bottle of cranberry, apple, cranapple, or maybe even a dash of something cinnamony.
The spiced apple simple syrup is extremely easy. If you’re going to serve these drinks on Thanksgiving, you could make the syrup today or tomorrow and keep it stored in a jar with a lid. Just make sure to shake or stir it before using because the cinnamon will settle at the bottom if the jar sits for awhile.
Please, PUHLEASE use fresh lime juice for these if you can. Most bottled lime juices have sweetener already added, and that on top of the cranberry juice and the simple syrup…well, sadly there is such a thing as too sweet. Unless you can find bottled, unsweetened cranberry juice, you’re going to need the fresh limes to cut down on the sweetness.
And lastly, I garnished these martinis with tiny, little lady apples! I was at Whole Foods doing some grocery shopping for work when I saw them, and they were so cute I picked some up when I went back for lunch the next day. I do wish I would have sliced them horizontally instead of vertically, but either way they’re stupid adorable. You could also garnish these with some cranberries on a wooden pick and do some kind of cinnamon/spices on the rim. I always think of these things afterwards. 😛
- 1.5 oz cranberry juice
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 1 oz vodka
- 0.5 - 1 oz spiced apple simple syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 medium apple, sliced
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice; shake until chilled. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with an apple slice.