I am going to take the easy way out today and not so much post a recipe but instead my newest favorite drink. I am in love with the pomegranate juice; I have found that a little goes a long way though. Use either a flavored or plain vodka; something you like the flavor of; most days I just use plain vodka but occasionally I use some flavor infused versions too.
Vodka – any kind will work
In rocks glass filled with ice add a shot of vodka. Fill just shy of the top with cran-grape juice and add a splash of pomegranate juice. I used some of my flavored vodkas for a drink too; the cranberry lemon was very tasty. Mix it up anyway you like!
I thought I would give a couple of fruity vodkas a try. Flavored vodkas seem to be in right now and I thought some fresh fruit would compliment it nicely. I can’t wait to see how the flavors come out; I did three different flavors; here are two of them.
Cranberry Lemon Vodka
1/2 cup fresh cranberries cut in half
zest of one lemon and a couple of slices
lemon balm leaves
2 Tbs sugar
In jar combine cranberries, lemon, sugar, and lemon balm leaves. Cover with vodka and set aside for 2 – 4 weeks; shaking occasionally.
Orange Cranberry Vodka
1/4 cup cranberries cut in half
zest of one orange
3 – 4 orange slices
juice of half an orange
1 – 2 Tbs sugar
Combine all ingredients in canning jar and set aside for 2 – 4 weeks. This one I actually used a bit of; the orange flavor really came through. I combined mine with cran-grape juice for a very tasty drink.
I always thought cranberries must be terrible …. that was until I had something other that the gelatinous stuff that comes in a can. You know, the stuff that gets sliced on the lines left by the can indentations and served with a fork. Now I love cranberries. Homemade cranberries are so easy to do. It takes about 10 minutes of cooking time and can be made with any of your favorite fruits to compliment its flavor.
1 bag fresh cranberries
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 – 2 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
zest of one lemon and one orange
1/2 cup diced apple
1/2 cup pomegranate
Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Cranberries will pop and everything will begin to meld together. Chill until ready to serve.
Not your typical bar cookie. I took a twist on a chocolate cookie recipe and created this tasty bar cookie. As I’ve mentioned in the past I try to scale down my desserts to make smaller batches so I used a pie pan for my recipe today. Cranberries, macadamia nuts and white chips really complimented the chocolate nicely.
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
3 Tbs cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup macadamia nuts
2 Tbs dried cranberries (I used craisins)
1/4 cup white chips
Cream together sugars and butter; mix in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl mix flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Slowly add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts, cranberries, and chips. Press into greased pie pan or baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes or until chips have started to brown and edges start to crack slightly (like a cookie!)
Charles called me at work tonight; luckily I answered the phone because after my “thank you for calling….blah blah blah…” the response is “holy *explicative* that’s a good cookie” He went on to say that he might actually have a new favorite. Oatmeal cookies have always been his favorite but these came out amazing. Not too sweet and the cranberries are the perfect complement to macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips.
Cranberry Macadamia White Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup white chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Mix together butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla mixing well. Stir in flour and baking soda. Add nuts, chips, and cranberries. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes. Makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen cookies.