2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries 1 cup pure maple syrup 2 cups dry red wine, such as Pinot Noir ½ cup packed light-brown sugar 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped Thin strips of zest from ½ lemon 2 teaspoons pink peppercorns, crushed Pinch of coarse salt 2/3 cup granulated sugar 2 cups soda water *
Preheat oven to 176 degrees. Put cranberries into a large, high-sided skillet and set aside.
Bring syrup, wine, brown sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, lemon zest, peppercorns, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan, whisking occasionally.
Pour over cranberries. Cover tightly with foil, and bake until cranberries are soft but have not burst, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cranberries to a bowl; cover with 1 cup cooking liquid. Let cool completely.
Bring ½ cup cooking liquid and the granulated sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, whisking until sugar has dissolved.
Reduce heat to low; simmer until liquid has reduced and barely coats the back of a spoon, about 6 minutes. Pour through a fine sieve into a medium bowl; let cool completely.
Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use, up to 3 days.
Reserve 40 cranberries. Puree remaining cranberries and liquid in a blender.
To serve, place 10 reserved cranberries on each of 4 decorative skewers.
Pour ¼ cup puree and ¼ cup syrup into each of four 12-ounce glasses; stir to combine. Add skewers, and fill glasses with ice.
With the month of December quickly approaching, I’m starting to get in the Holiday spirit. Tonight I took a break from studying, threw on some Frank Sinatra Christmas tunes, turned on my Christmas tree lights, and decided to sew a skirt. What a better night than to experiment with a new “holiday” drink too? Using leftover cranberries, this is the perfect concoction for tonight.
// Cranberry Fizz
// Open a bottle of your favorite champagne, prosecco, cava, etc. (They even make single serving bottles for those like me who can’t drink a full bottle of sparkly by herself in one night.)
// Add one spoonful of cranberry apple syrup (recipe below.)
// Sip while enjoying your favorite holiday music and doing crafts.