Rudolph’s Cranberry Antlers Cocktail

Rudolph’s Cranberry Antlers Cocktail
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Only a chef (or a moustache-wielding hipster) could come up with a cocktail that calls for fresh cranberries and rosemary. Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is responsible for this clever cocktail that is as cute as it is tasty. Gin, sweet vermouth, and cranberry make this a legit cocktail for connoisseurs and the addition of a marshmallow, cranberry Rudolph’s nose, and rosemary antlers remind you what the season is all about: ugly sweaters and themed booze. 

Ingredients

5 cranberries

3 sprigs fresh rosemary

¾ ounce maple syrup

2 ounces gin

¾ ounce cranberry juice

¾ ounce sweet vermouth

Splash Champagne

1 marshmallow

2 cloves

Directions

Muddle 4 of the cranberries and 1 of the rosemary sprigs with the maple syrup in a shaker.

Add the gin, cranberry juice, and vermouth, and vigorously shake with ice.

Strain into a chilled coupe.

Top with a splash of Champagne.

To garnish, place the remaining 2 rosemary sprigs into the marshmallow to create antlers, pushing one in far enough to come out of the opposite side.

Attach the remaining cranberry to the end that is sticking out for the nose, and then place the 2 cloves between the nose and antlers to create eyes.

Cranberry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Cranberry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.