Make this cocktail in the winter when both tangerines and fresh cranberries are plentiful. I like to prep all the ingredients ahead of time, chill them, and then make the cocktails using a 1-ounce shot glass.
| ||5 || oz. freshly squeezed tangerine or orange juice |
| ||2 || oz. vodka |
| ||1 to 2 || oz. cranberry simple syrup |
| ||1 to 2 || oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice |
| ||~ || Fresh cranberries |
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then pour in the tangerine juice, vodka, and the lesser amount of lemon juice and cranberry syrup. Shake vigorously, then taste. If you like a sweeter drink, add more cranberry syrup. If you prefer it more tart, add lemon juice. Strain into two martini glasses. Garnish with cranberries threaded on a toothpick.
To make the cranberry simple syrup: Place 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1 cup fresh cranberries in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook until the cranberries have started to burst and are soft. Strain through a sieve, pushing on the berries with a back of a large spoon, and spooning the pulp from the underside into the syrup.