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Deliberate Dishes : Holiday Cranberry Mimosas

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.  IMG_6737.jpg

As quick and easy as they are delicious, I felt confident in sharing this simple yet adorable holiday drink with you all!  Cheers!

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