A Change of Holiday Plans + A Cranberry Orange Spritzer Recipe

Cranberry Orange Spritzer
This was supposed to be a post with photos of all the delicious things I baked to bring with us when we visited our families for Christmas. But I didn’t do any baking. And we are not in Illinois!

Bowl of Cranberries
On Friday, our cat Miso was acting strange. He’s a pretty neurotic guy, so we didn’t think much of it, but soon it became apparent that something was terribly wrong. His eyes were glassy and he was crouched low to the ground, howling and crying. We brought him to the vet and found out that he had a urinary obstruction. He’s on several different medications and doing better, but we have to keep a close eye on him to make sure he continues to improve, so leaving him for 5 days didn’t seem like the best idea.

Peeled Ginger
And you know what else didn’t seem like the best idea? Making several batches of cookies, fudge, and candies when Christmas is just going to be me and the husband.

Orange Halves
So no holiday baking. But I still wanted to post something today, and then I got the idea of doing a Cranberry Orange Spritzer. I mean, not only are cranberries holiday appropriate, but they’re also good for urinary health, right? Perfect! If there were such a thing as cranberry Orangina, this would taste just like it–it’s very orange-y, but with a tart kick from the cranberries.

Anyway, for those of you who celebrate, I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Edited to Add: I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but NO, I am not implying that this drink should be given to cats with urinary problems. Don’t make this drink for your cat.

Cranberry Orange Spritzer

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Cranberry Orange Spritzer

A festive non-alcoholic drink for the holidays made with fresh cranberries, orange juice, and sparkling water.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. fresh cranberries
  • 2 c. freshly-squeezed orange juice (about 5 large oranges)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 two-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced into thick coins (optional)
  • 2 c. sparkling water, chilled (or more if you like it less sweet)

Instructions

  1. Combine cranberries, orange juice, sugar, and ginger in a medium pan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Continue to boil until cranberries begin to pop. Once cranberries have popped open and softened, use the back of a wooden spoon to smash them against the side of the pan. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. Strain cooled cranberry mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids and refrigerate juice until chilled, about an hour. Transfer juice to pitcher and stir in sparkling water. Serve with cranberries or orange slices as garnish, if desired.

Notes

Total time doesn't include time needed to chill cranberry mixture.

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Kiersten Frase

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Comments

  1. says

    Aw, I’m sorry you had to change your plans like that. Hope your kitty is feeling better! And I hope you had a great Christmas anyways :) (and I hope you’re starting to feel better now too. I am so done with cold season!)

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I think everyone I know has been sick in these last few weeks of December! I thought I was getting better, but now my cold has turned into a hacking, constant cough. So Miso and I have been sick together this weekend. :)

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