Keep the Holiday Spirit Strong with the Tart and Herbal CranMary

Keep the Holiday Spirit Strong with the Tart and Herbal CranMary

Pix and Story :: Anastacia Uriegas

The holiday season is magical--loads of vacation time, R-rated white elephant parties, cash from dad, and the foods and drinks which define the season, in this case, juicy cranberry and woodsy rosemary. If you didn’t get enough of the bright red fruit during Thanksgiving, this is the drink for you. Raw cranberries are indelibly tart, for the CranMary we've sweetened it with an easy-to-make simple syrup infused with piney, fragrant rosemary--the aroma will rival that of your twinkling Christmas tree.

If you’re having a get-together this is a great signature drink and works well for pre-batching a party-size amount. And, the syrup lasts for a month in the refrigerator so get creative with it. Alternately, top your CranMary with prosecco instead of club soda to elevate both the presentation and flavor.

LET'S MAKE IT!

INGREDIENTS

2 Ounces Vodka

1 Ounce Rosemary Simple Syrup (See Recipe Below)

1 Ounce Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Club Soda or Sparkling Water

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YOU'LL NEED

Rosemary Sprig for Garnish

Rocks Glass

Ice

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DIRECTIONS

1. Make the rosemary simple syrup.

2. Fill rocks glass with ice.

3. Add vodka, rosemary simple syrup, orange and cranberry juices to glass and stir.

4. Add a splash of club soda or sparkling water.

5. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

CranMary Ingredients
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ROSEMARY SIMPLE SYRUP

INGREDIENTS

1 cup white granulated sugar

1 cup water

3 rosemary sprigs

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DIRECTIONS

1. Combine sugar, water in a small saucepan over low heat, and simmer until sugar is dissolved (do not allow to boil). Add the three rosemary sprigs and allow to steep for up to an hour.

2. Let cool and store in an airtight container. It will remain good for a month.

Making Rosemary Simple Syrup