Drink of the Month

Cranberry Cheer

1 cup sugar
2 sticks cinnamon
2 whole star anise
3 green cardamom pods
1 cup fresh cranberries
6 ounces rye whiskey (such as McKenzie)
2 ounces fresh lime juice
lime slices (for garnish)

In a small pot over medium heat, stir sugar in 1 cup water until dissolved to create simple syrup. Reserve 1/4 cup.

Place spices on an 8-inch square of cheesecloth and secure with twine to create a sachet. Crush spices lightly. Add sachet and cranberries to simple syrup. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and discard sachet.

In a shaker, mix 4 teaspoons cranberry mixture, whiskey, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice. Pour into 4 glasses with ice. Top each with a splash of seltzer.

Garnish with lime and enjoy! :clink


3 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Mary Kirkland says:

    I don’t drink alcohol so I’d leave out the whiskey. lol

    • Heidi says:

      I think it would taste just as yummy with or without the whiskey. Altho in this weather (where I am, maybe not where you are :winkcookie ), the whiskey might come in handy. :clink

  2. Ana Carolina says:


    Is Reid The new hunk of the month?

    It’s summertime in Rio. It’s so hot (104F)!

    And Reid is hotter than Rio’s weather!!

    I will finish the book today! I’m loving it!

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