Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cranberry Blush Cocktail

I'm calling this a Cranberry Blush Cocktail. It's made with some lovely Cranberry Simple Syrup, Vodka and Orange Juice and it was phenomenal.  I made it using some of the Cape Cod Select Premium Cranberries I got awhile back.
Cranberry Blush Cocktail

All I can say is YUM!!!

And I need more Cranberries ASAP so I can make more, and some more Vodka and some more oranges...

To start with, make some Gingered Cranberry Compote, first. 

Remember that lovely liquid you strained out?  Well, it does jell up, but before it does, here's what you need to do.
Or you can do the next day, it's all the same.
I've done it both ways now.

Hey, I had to sample, multiple times...

To start with.  
Take one cup of the syrup, mix it with one cup of a neutral vodka.  Stir to combine.  (and if you don't use it all at once, just stick it in the fridge for tomorrow.  Cause 5 o'clock does come again)

Then measure out one jigger (ounce) of that wonderful liquid, pour it into a glass,
top with one or two ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice.   Shake it up a little with an ice cube or two.
Strain into a martini glass or other kind of glass.  Or you can just garnish it first.  It's all good.
  Drop one or two of the cranberries from the compote into the bottom of the glass, garnish with an orange slice and enjoy.
Cranberry Blush Cocktail

You don't need to drink this all at once either.  The simple syrup/vodka combo keeps quite well in the fridge. 
You can try to keep some for yourself.   You can even skip the garnish.  (I had to sample)
Cranberry Blush Cocktail

This is a perfect seasonal drink to enjoy with some friends over brunch or for lunch or just have a party all by yourself. 
Cranberry Blush Cocktail

I wouldn't know about that though.   Excuse me, but my drink is getting a little lonely.
Cranberry Blush Cocktail

And I used the juice from my Cape Cod Select Premium Cranberries for this.     This is my entry into the drinks portion of their contest.
Cape Cod Select Premium Cranberries

Check them out here:

Here's where to find them in your area:  Cape Cod Select Store Locator
and a few more links, just in case...
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capecodselect/#
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CapeCodSelect
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capecodselect/
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Gingered Cranberry Chutney/Compote

Tis the season for Cranberries and Cranberry recipes and all I can say is YES!!!

 Cranberries rock.

This is the time of year I usually grab a few bags and throw them into the freezer, gently.  But this year, I got some from Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries to use and develop a recipe from.  And enter the recipe into a contest.
Cape Cod Select Cranberries

They were delivered, frozen, and were still frozen when I got them btw.  I transferred them into the freezer and promptly got busy.

Then Thanksgiving snuck up on me, and I was trying to think of things to make with the berries.  I'd thought of muffins and tea breads and puddings and ... But at the time did not have a functioning oven.  Cause I was also going to make some of my Boozy Cranberry Sauce, but that involved ovens. sigh.

Then the 2x4 hit. (actually it was the Crystallized Ginger), I was in the pantry and the bag of Crystallized Ginger fell on top of my head, I reeled back in dismay and tripped over the bag of oranges a friend had just given me to make marmalade from and that was my 2x4.  

I hurried out to the freezer, grabbed a bag of Cape Cod Cranberries and threw them into a pot.  Added sugar, oranges  and a little water.
Gingered Cranberry Compote/Chutney
Let that simmer for awhile and then strained the majority of the juice out, took the orange wedges out and threw them away.  Added the ginger and ...
Gingered Cranberry Compote/Chutney
  (I saved the simple syrup for another day though, I'll tell you about that soon).



And here it is.  My entry for the contest.

Gingered Cranberry Chutney/Compote

Here's where to find them in your area:  Cape Cod Select Store Locator
and a few more links, just in case...
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capecodselect/#
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CapeCodSelect
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capecodselect/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/capecodselect/







yield: 2 cups print recipe

Gingered Cranberry Chutney/Compote

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 55 mins
This Gingered Cranberry Compote/Chutney goes well with not only Turkey but can cuddle up with Chicken and Pork as well. A lovely mixture of sweet and spicy, but totally in tune with the Holidays.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. Cape Cod Select Frozen Cranberries
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3 oranges, washed and cut into wedges with the seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup. finely minced Crystallized Ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 star Anise (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place the cranberries, sugar, water and oranges into a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Take out the orange wedges, then add the ginger, stirring it in well, and simmer an additional 10-15 minutes. The ginger will break up and meld with the cranberries. Take off the heat, strain the cranberries, reserve the liquid. This is a lovely simple syrup. Add one cup of the simple syrup back into the cranberries, stir to combine. Serve either warm or cold with some Turkey, Chicken or Pork.
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