Recipe: Very Berry Vodka

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Thanksgiving is around the corner and I'm at my parents' house getting ready to cook up a storm with my sisters.

But first -- a cocktail! I wanted to create something that features ingredients you probably already have around the house, especially during this holiday season. If I can find all of these things in my parents' kitchen, then you probably can too!

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I created this recipe to celebrate the cranberry and also make it a little bit more tolerable if you are already overwhelmed by it's presence in your kitchen. I have never been a huge fan of cranberries, but add some sugar and other fruit and it becomes a Thanksgiving dish I look forward to!

There is a pomegranate tree and lemon tree at my parent's house, so I had to throw those in, too. You can find these at your local grocery store as they are both in season. 

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  • a few lemons
  • vodka (We're using Paradox Vodka)
  • a can of cranberry sauce (or whatever you have left over from Thanksgiving)
  • whole cranberries
  • pomegranate seeds
  • brown sugar
  • blender
  • saucepan
  • jigger
  • measuring cup
  • glasses
  • water
  • ice cubes


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  • cranberry sauce
  • water

First, make some cranberry sauce ice cubes! We LOVE the Peak Ice Works Sphere Ice Cube Tray which makes nice round cubes.

Just fill the tray with your left over cranberry sauce or blend a can of cranberry sauce with some water and then fill the trays.

I didn't have a funnel, which is helpful when filling the top of the sphere cube holes, so I improvised by putting the mixture in a ziplock baggy and carefully (hah I spilled!) pouring into the hole.

Put the tray in the freezer for about 3 hours and then get ready to make your drink!

If you don't have a sphere ice cube tray, you can use a normal ice cube tray. 

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  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • water
  • brown sugar

Combine pomegranate seeds and cranberries put in blender. Fill with enough water to cover the fruit. Blend. Strain into a measuring cup and measure. Add to saucepan. Measure out the same amount of brown sugar so you have a 1:1 ratio of fruit mixture to sugar, then add that sugar to the same saucepan.

Simmer until the sugar is dissolved in the fruit mixture. Let cool. Now for drink making . . . 

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  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 very berry simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 Paradox Vodka (We're using a locally-made vodka -- distilled right here in Arizona!)
  • 1 cranberry sauce ice cube sphere
  • lemon peel for garnish
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Add lemon juice, simple syrup, and vodka to a cocktail shaker.

Fill with ice. Shake for 30 seconds.

Put one cranberry sauce ice cube sphere in a cocktail glass. Strain cocktail into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel and enjoy! 

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