Sawyer and I celebrated our Thanksgiving 2016 without family this year. Both of us had a slew of emotions about this, but we made the day incredibly special from dawn ’til dusk (and beyond, as dusk is around 4PM nowadays). As I proclaimed in my last post, I am not a professional chef – or anywhere close. But I did want to do something special in the morning as my family usually had a nice breakfast together before the cooking starts.
Forgoing any sort of extreme breakfast foods (anything that needed more than a toaster), Sawyer and I had jam on toast with decorative holiday mimosas. Entering adulthood in Vermont, I’ve been spoiled with a craft brew house around every corner and the ability to buy alcohol in a gas station convenience store, grocery store, etc. instead of the designated spirits shops that I have to visit when I’d like a drink in Philadelphia. None of the brews and ciders I enjoy are trucked down to Philadelphia, so I have been branching out into new breweries. However, I can always fall back on old faithfuls like a good prosecco – which is just what happened for Thanksgiving.
Here’s what you’ll need (and, trust me, it’s simple):
- 1 lime (organic)
- 1 teaspoon organic cane sugar (Wholesome brand or similar)
- 1 bottle pure cranberry juice (Lakewood brand or similar)
- 1 bottle of your favorite bubbly
- 1 12 oz. bag of organic cranberries (Fresh Meadows Farm or similar)
- Bamboo toothpicks (however many drinks you’ll be serving is how many toothpicks you’ll need)
I knew with making a cranberry mimosa that I needed to break the bitterness a bit (mainly for Sawyer’s tastebuds, as I have a hankering for sour/bitter), so I experimented with sugar rims. I used fresh squeezed lime juice to dip the rims of my glasses in before coating the top with sugar. I dedicated a clean plate for both the lime juice and the sugar coating in order to keep the rest of my glass spotless.
Second step is add the bubbly – however much you would enjoy. I tend to lean toward 1:1 when making mixed drinks, so I poured my bubbly to about halfway up the glass. Add to that the cranberry juice and you’ll have a completed drink.
One final touch I added to make the drink more festive was to create a cranberry garnish. I picked out 3 cranberries per drink to skewer on a bamboo toothpick and lay across the rim of each glass before serving, just for that special oomph to bring the simple drink to the next level.
As quick and easy as they are delicious, I felt confident in sharing this simple yet adorable holiday drink with you all! Cheers!