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!
- 1 c. fresh cranberries
- 2 c. freshly-squeezed orange juice about 5 large oranges
- ½ 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)
- 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.
- 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.