Hot Dish

HOT DISH: D.I.Y. Cranberry Cocktails

Cheer the cooler breezes by mixing yourself one of these icy libations—both are plays on classic cocktails incorporating the ruby wintry berries.


The Continental’s Christmas Mule

3 fresh cranberries

1 1/2 ounces St. Petersburg Distillery Banyan Reserve Vodka

1 1/2 ounces Fever-Tree Ginger Beer

3 ounces Strongbow Hard Cider

Sprig of rosemary, for garnish

Pinch of cinnamon

Cut cranberries in half; set aside 3 halves. Muddle remaining halves into vodka. Double strain into a glass.

Top with ginger beer and hard cider, stir with bar spoon.

Garnish with reserved cranberry slices and rosemary sprig; sprinkle with cinnamon.

The drink is available by request at The Continental1205 Third St. S., Naples; (239) 659-0007.


Bonefish Grill’s Winter White Cosmo

2 ounces vodka

1/4 ounce Cointreau           

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice and simple syrup mixture

1 1/2 ounces white cranberry juice          

Fresh cranberries, for garnish

Combine ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with 3 to 4 floating cranberries.

The drink is available at all four area Bonefish Grill locations (Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Cape Coral).





More ideas and tips:

  • You can make your own cranberry vodka by placing cranberries in vodka of your choice and allowing it to infuse for 48 to 72 hours.
  • Increase the volume of all ingredients by 10 and serve the drinks punch-style.
  • Freeze cranberries either alone or in a block of ice (if serving punch) to help them keep cool—and look cool!