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HOT DISH: D.I.Y. Cranberry Cocktails

BY December 4, 2015

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! 


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