Cranberry Caipirinha

From New-Fashioned Classic Cocktails Warm Winter Spirits

Winter-Cocktails-cranberryRecipe and photo by Alexis Abel

Serves: 1

¾ ounce Cranberry Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
10 fresh cranberries
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
⅛ of a lime, cut into wedges
2 ounces cachaça

Add Cranberry Simple Syrup, fresh cranberries, dark brown sugar and a wedge of lime to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. With the back of a spoon or a muddler, muddle until lime and other ingredients are blended. Add ice and cachaça. Shake until chilled, about 10 to 15 seconds. Taste and add additional Cranberry Simple Syrup or brown sugar until desired sweetness is achieved. Pour drink, with ice, into a rocks glass. Add additional ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

Cranberry Simple Syrup

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries

Place water, sugar and cranberries in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain out cranberries and chill until ready to use. Strained cranberries can be reserved and spread on toast or mixed into yogurt or oatmeal. Cranberry Simple Syrup can be refrigerated for up to one month.

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