The Other Winter Cocktail You'll Love
Last month I posted about a delicious cranberry-gin-pear cocktail to get you through the holidays. I can't help but continue the Winter tradition with another cranberry based cocktail perfect for brunch or dinner party nights. This...
Cranberry - Pepper Shrub Cocktail
is one of my absolute faves. It's refreshing, tart, slightly peppery + has subtle hints of orange that transition lovely into spring-time drinks. I love the act of making a shrub, if you've never done one before don't worry! They are pretty easy to make (at least this one is) + they add so much great flavor to any drink (not just alcoholic ones). Enjoy!!
| Makes 1 drink |
- 6 oz Sparkling Wine *I used Prosecco
- 3 oz Cranberry-Pepper Shrub
- 6 dashes of Orange Bitters
- 1/2 Orange for garnish
- Ice for serving
- 2 cups Cranberries
- 1 tbsp Whole Black Peppercorns- lightly crushed
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
First, we need to make the shrub a day ahead, or in the morning so it can chill for at least 8 hours. Stir to combine all the shrub ingredients in a saucepan on medium high. Cover, stir occasionally, + let it simmer for 10 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, uncover + let it cool to room temperature. Transfer to a container + chill for 8 hours or overnight.
To finish the shrub strain the mixture twice through a fine mesh strainer into a mason jar or airtight container. At this point the shrub should be clear or remnants + smooth.
To make the cocktail: pour 6 oz sparkling wine into a mixing glass, then add 3 oz of shrub + 6 dashes of orange bitters, stir gently to combine.
To serve: Pour mixture into your favorite cocktail glass, garnish with an orange slice + crushed ice. Drink it up!