Don’t forget the bitters when preparing the syrup base. They add an aromatic herbal note.
• 2-1/2 ounces (5 tablespoons) Cranberry Syrup Base (below)
• 1-1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) citrus-flavored vodka
• Fresh or frozen cranberries
• Lemon wedge
For each cocktail, fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add Cranberry Syrup Base and vodka. Cover; shake. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with cranberries and lemon wedge. Makes 1 drink.
Cranberry Syrup Base:
In large saucepan combine one 12-ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries, 2 cups sugar, and 2 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool. Place mixture in blender or food processor. Cover; blend or process 2 minutes. Strain mixture through fine mesh sieve, discarding seeds and skin. Stir in 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup limoncello (Italian lemon liqueur), and 2 dashes bitters. Mixture will have slightly thick consistency. Cover; chill to store.