Cocktail of the Week: Spiced Cranberry Martini

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Spiced Cranberry MartiniCocktail of the Week: Spiced Cranberry Martini
Get into the holiday spirit with this simple but spicy cranberry cocktail!

5oz Cranberry Juice
3oz Absolut Citron – or your favorite lemon flavored Vodka
1/2oz Ginger Syrup*
A Splash of Cointreau or another orange flavored liquor
Fresh Cranberries and Lemon Twists for garnish
Makes 2

Fill a shaker with ice, add Vodka, Ginger Syrup a splash of Cointreau and Cranberry Juice. Shake well and strain as you pour into two chilled martini glass. Garnish with Fresh Cranberries and a Lemon Twist. Sip and enjoy!

*To make Ginger Syrup, put ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water and 1/3 cup peeled and sliced fresh ginger into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then simmer on low for 30 minutes. Strain syrup and discard Ginger (or save for another use). Let Syrup cool before mixing into cocktails. Store Ginger Syrup in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Cocktail of the Week: Tomato Martini

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Tomato MartiniCocktail of the Week: Tomato Martini
It’s that time of summer when fresh, ripe tomatoes are everywhere. Mix up a little tomato vodka and enjoy sipping the fresh flavors of summer!

1 lb ripe tomatoes – one big beefsteak may be enough!
8 oz of your favorite Vodka
½ oz of Dry Vermouth
1 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
Pinch of Salt
Cherry Tomato, Basil and Olives for garnish
Makes 4

Cut the Tomato into quarters and place into a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times. Add Vodka and blend to a fine puree.
Strain the puree into a bowl or pitcher using a fine mesh strainer. Add Dry Vermouth, Red Wine Vinegar and a pinch of Salt. Pour into a shaker with ice – shake and pour into chilled glasses.
Garnish with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Olives. Enjoy!

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Cocktail of the Week: Strawberry Citrus Smash

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Strawberry Citrus SmashFor this cocktail cooler use ripe, fresh Strawberries for a pure taste of summer!

2 cups frozen Strawberries
¼ cup Rose’s Lime juice
¼ cup Lemonade
2 oz Lemon Flavored Vodka
1/4 oz Grand Marnier or another Orange Flavored Liquor

Clean and hull fresh strawberries at least a day in advance. Place the strawberries in a single layer on cookie sheet and put into the freezer until frozen. Once frozen, transfer the fruit to a freezer container or storage bag. Can’t wait? Pick up a bag or two of frozen strawberries at your local grocery store.

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and puree. Pour into tall glasses, garnish with Strawberry and enjoy!