I'm recently all about the fancy cocktail. Give me all the gin and vodka and bitters and muddled fruit and fancy garnish and hopefully an attractive bearded well-dressed bartender to mix the drink up. There's just something about a well-made cocktail in a beautiful glass that marks a celebration perfectly. But when I make drinks for a party or gathering, I like to keep it simple. It's cheaper, faster, and people still feel like they are getting a special drink but it only took you a few minutes to throw together. So let's throw some champagne and cranberry juice in a glass, garnish with frozen cranberries and tiny limes and get on with the celebrating, okay?
Makes one drink
1-2 oz of 100% cranberry juice (the tarter the better)
3-4 oz of champagne
squeeze of lime juice
frozen cranberries, for garnish
This is a pretty lackluster recipe since it's such a simple cocktail. Add cranberry juice to a champagne flute and top with champagne. Squeeze in a quarter of a lime and garnish with a couple frozen cranberries. Serve immediately.
On a slightly related note, I bought a bag of the tiniest limes I've ever seen from Whole Foods! Smaller than key limes and incredibly juicy and pretty perfect for a cocktail. Still trying to figure out what they were because I threw the bag away...