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A Change of Holiday Plans + A Cranberry Orange Spritzer Recipe

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
And you know what 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.

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!

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Cranberry Orange Spritzer

Cranberry Orange Spritzer Recipe

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

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings

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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57 Comments

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    December 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Mmmm, so bright and festive! Merry Christmas Friend!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Merry Christmas to you too, Sommer!

  • Reply
    Sheri
    December 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

    That looks so good! I hope Miso feels better soon. Merry Christmas!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Thank you, Sheri. Merry Christmas to you too!

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    alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog]
    December 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

    sending lots of healthy thoughts Miso’s way. hope he gets better soon!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Thank you! I hope so too. πŸ™‚

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    December 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

    That looks soooo yummy! Sorry about Miso, but I’m glad there’s improvement!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Thanks, Liz. I am hoping that we don’t have to spend Christmas at the emergency vet!

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    Courtney Rae Jones
    December 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Awe, I hope Miso feels better ASAP πŸ™‚ Poor little one!

    Wishing you all a very merry Christmas. xo
    Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2013.
    Looking forward to all of your posts in the new year!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Thank you, Courtney! And I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too!

  • Reply
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits
    December 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Poor kitty! Good thing it didn’t happen when you were away.
    Beautiful cocktail, by the way πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

      I know! As much as we hate missing Christmas, I think this was a blessing in disguise. If it happened two days later, we wouldn’t have been around to catch it…

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    December 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    What beautiful bright colour!
    Poor Miso…one of my 3 cats had similar problem a while ago…and another had broken his leg and then having breathing problems…gosh…this afternoon, almost had another accident. Sorry for babbling ;-( it’s holiday and Miso is getting better…let’s celebrate with this beautiful and festive drink!

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      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Oh Angie, I am sorry! Sick pets are so tough to deal with–it’s hard to see them suffer. πŸ™ I wish we could figure out exactly what’s going on with Miso, but I guess with this kind of cystitis, there are no easy answers or solutions…

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    December 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Poor little Miso! Hope he’s better soon. Give him a few sips of cranberry for good measure πŸ™‚ We just took Sam to the dr this morning & found out he has a double ear infection. No fun to be sick on Christmas. πŸ™

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Someone suggested cranberry supplements to us! But right now he’s on so many different meds, we didn’t want to introduce something else. Poor Sam–ear infections are the worst! πŸ™

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    JulieD
    December 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    This looks fantastic, Kiersten!! I love the picture of your oranges!

    I’m so sorry about Miso, I keep thinking about him and you guys. Please keep us posted!! xoxo and merry Christmas!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Thank you, Julie. Christmas definitely isn’t the same without seeing our families, but I am really glad we decided to stay home. As an animal lover, I know you know how it is!

  • Reply
    Emily
    December 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Hope your sweet kitty is feeling better soon!

    Merry Christmas!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Thank you! Merry Christmas to you too!

  • Reply
    Maryann
    December 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Sounds delicious!

  • Reply
    Cindy
    December 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about Miso. I work at a vet’s office and I know how critical those cases are. Hug him as tight as you can and make him promise he won’t obstruct again!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

      He spent most of the past three days next to me, on my lap, or in my arms! He was doing so much better, but today he’s lethargic and refusing food and water. He’s definitely not completely obstructed (just stepped in a little puddle of pee to prove that!), but if he keeps up like this, I think we’ll have to bring him back in. πŸ™

  • Reply
    Corinna
    December 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Hope your kitty feels better soon!

  • Reply
    BusyWorkingMama
    December 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Aww, hope your sweet kitty is feeling better! I wouldn’t be able to leave him behind, either.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad we ended up staying home. Even if he was better, I still would have worried about him the whole time!

      • Reply
        BusyWorkingMama
        December 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Our new cat Kitty gave us a Christmas present by coming all the way downstairs today πŸ™‚

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          Kiersten
          December 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

          Yay! It’s funny how timid some of them are in new situations. πŸ™‚ But once they start making those little steps, it seems like the others come more quickly…

  • Reply
    Shirley
    December 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Oh no, poor Miso! At least he won’t be missing his mom for Christmas. Sorry you couldn’t make the trip, though. And you also made me laugh — “good for urinary health.” Sounds like my mom! Hope you two still have a Merry Christmas and that Miso feels better soon.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Thank you! He was doing better, but today he’s very lethargic and won’t eat or drink. I think we might end up spending Christmas at the emergency vet. πŸ™ I hope you have a Merry Christmas too–at the very least, I’m sure it will be better than ours! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    December 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    How festively delicious!! YUM!

  • Reply
    Jennifer H
    December 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

    mmm that sounds and looks so delish!

  • Reply
    HilLesha
    December 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Thank you! You too! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    elisa
    December 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    oohhh! that looks good. i’ll have to try it. maybe as a new years drink?

    i hope miso feels better soon! poor kitty.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Thank you! He’s going to have surgery tomorrow, so we’re hoping he will be back to his old self after that…

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    [email protected] eco friendly homemaking
    December 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Oh I hope your cat will be all better really soon. This drink looks so delicious and refreshing! I hope this New Year brings you an abundance of blessings.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Thank you! I hope 2013 is a wonderful year for you, your family, and your business!

  • Reply
    Jennifer The Quirky Momma
    December 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    The beverages look so festive and lovely! I think my family would really enjoy the last cranberry spritzer.

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty
    December 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I’m so sorry Miso is under the weather! Poor guy. I hope he is feeling better now.

    This looks like such a great drink (awesome idea to just put the orange juice in the simple syrup). And I especially love these photos of yours. The splash of color those cute red ornaments add is just perfect.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

      He’s been at the vet since Wednesday and he’s having surgery this morning. So if all goes well, we will be bringing him home tomorrow. It’s been really weird not having him around! πŸ™

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    Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
    December 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I hope that Miso is doing better but sorry you had to cancel your plans. Either way, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! This drink look so good but I keep thinking off adding a dash of vodka!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 28, 2012 at 8:19 am

      Thank you! And yes, vodka or even champagne would probably work well in this. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up
    December 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Poor Miso!! I hope that he is feeling better now. πŸ™‚

    I love cranberries and oranges together. In anything. So this HAS to be delightful!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 28, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Thank you! He is having surgery today, but he’ll come home tomorrow and hopefully he’ll be back to his normal self soon!

  • Reply
    Genevieve
    December 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Cranberry, orange and ginger is such a good combination – reminds me of cranberry sauce turned into a drink! Hope your cat is doing better and that you had a nice Christmas πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Yes! That’s what I told my husband–“This is like cranberry sauce in drink form.” But I thought maybe that didn’t sound too appetizing, so I didn’t mention it in my post. πŸ˜‰

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