Inspired by Cranberries

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During the holiday season, anything red and green is most definitely in vogue — clothes, decorations, food and certainly cocktails!

Cranberries are the ideal candidate as the official berry of the holiday season. Besides meeting the colour standard, cranberries offer a refreshing, bitter flavour — a quality used in a lot of beverages during the cold winter months — and also have strong anti-oxidant qualities … making it even easier to enjoy these cocktails!

Art of the Cranberry: Why local is better

Today’s consumer wants the best possible product, with the best possible effect on the world around us, so shopping locally is becoming increasingly important. Purchasing products close to home ensures freshness, a lack of preservatives and helps our local economy. That is what the Terra Beata cranberry farm located in Lunenburg, is all about. Founded in 1998, Terra Beata sports a 12-acre cranberry farm, as well as receiving berries from more than 20 other Atlantic Canadian farms, to provide a range of berries, juices and gourmet preserves. In 2013, Terra Beata received BRC food quality certification and was named the Taste of Nova Scotia Producer of the Year — they certainly know the ‘Art of the Cranberry’.
Terra Beata Farms
161 Monk Point Road
Heckmans Island, Nova Scota
902-634-4435
cranberryfarm.ca

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  1. Place brown sugar in a rocks glass.
  2. Soak the sugar with 4 to 5 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  3. Add a splash of cranberry juice and the fresh cranberries.
  4. Muddle until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Stir in the Crown Royal and top with ice.
  6. Take the zest of one orange, and squeeze it gently to release the oils over the lip of the glass, then place the orange zest in the glass.
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Cranberry Frizzante
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  1. Place cranberry simple syrup, Ciroc Peach and lime juice in a Champagne flute; top with Nova 7.
  2. Slice a cranberry in half, rub it along the rim of the flute and place on the lip of the glass for garnish.
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*Cranberry Simple Syrup: Place 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup cranberries in a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. Let the syrup cool. Strain to remove cranberries. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

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Cranberry Amaretto Splash
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  1. Place all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a twist of orange.
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White Cranberry Cosmopolitan
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  1. Place all ingredients, except garnish, in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain mixture into a well-chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Skewer a fresh cranberry with a grapefruit segment and place in the glass for garnish
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Cranberry Mediterranean Cranberry Cocktail
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Cranberry Mediterranean Cranberry Cocktail
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  1. Combine rosemary simple syrup, cranberry juice, lemon juice and gin in a cocktail shaker and shake over ice.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass, add fresh ice and top with club soda.
  3. Add one rosemary sprig and 2 to 3 fresh cranberries on a cocktail skewer as a garnish.
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*Rosemary Syrup: Place1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 5 rosemary sprigs in a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. Let the syrup cool. Strain to remove rosemary sprigs. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

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Cranberry and Cinnamon Shrub Cocktail
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  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine cranberry-cinnamon shrub, rum and lime juice.
  2. Shake over ice and strain into a rocks glass.
  3. Add fresh ice and top with club soda.
  4. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish.
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*Cranberry-Cinnamon Shrub: Place 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool, strain out the cranberries and cinnamon sticks, and add 1/8 cup white rice vinegar. Stir and let settle in storage container. Refrigerate until ready to use.

A Note on Shrubs: Shrubs were popularized in 17th Century England, as vinegar was used as a method of preserving fruits. This practice was brought to colonial America, where vinegar-infused fruits mixtures were added with sweeteners to make a syrup that is both sweet and sour.

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  1. Place cranberry and cinnamon shrub, lime juice and vanilla extract in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a rocks glass.
  3. Add fresh ice and top with club soda.
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*Cranberry-Cinnamon Shrub: Place 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool, strain out the cranberries and cinnamon sticks, and add 1/8 cup white rice vinegar. Stir and let settle in storage container. Refrigerate until ready to use.

A Note on Shrubs: Shrubs were popularized in 17th Century England, as vinegar was used as a method of preserving fruits. This practice was brought to colonial America, where vinegar-infused fruits mixtures were added with sweeteners to make a syrup that is both sweet and sour.

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Cranberry Appleton Estate VX Rum Chutney
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Cranberry Appleton Estate VX Rum Chutney
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  1. Combine cranberries with lemon juice, lemon zest, orange juice, orange zest, sugar, Appleton VX Rum, minced ginger, 1 cinnamon stick and 1/2 cup dried cranberries.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until thick.
  4. Cool and store in glass jars for up to one month.
  5. Add a decorative ribbon and you have a delicious and thoughtful hostess gift.
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