We love to serve our guests a special cocktail to mark any celebration or gathering. People seem to really enjoy trying a different drink, paired with the menu and in tune with the season.
When I saw a version of this cranberry tequila sour in the current issue of Bon Appetit, I know I wanted to try it out, with the holiday season just around the corner. It sounded delicious and I hoped it would make a colorful cocktail.
Me being me, I played with the recipe, using our Meyer lemons instead of limes. The addition of Chinese five-spice to the sugar-salt coating on the glasses’ rims didn’t appeal to me, so I left it out of my recipe. I took a guess from the BA sketch of a tumbler as to which glasses to use for the cocktail. What are old-fashioned glasses, anyway? I admit to never having sipped an old-fashioned…
I think this cranberry-infused cocktail will be just the thing to serve before our Thanksgiving meal – and all through the December holidays.
TIP: You will need to make the cranberry jam at least 4 hours before assembling the cocktails since the jam needs to be well-chilled.
- Cranberry Jam:
- ¾ cup fresh cranberries
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1 wedge Meyer lemon
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- cranberry jam (see above)
- ¼ cup Meyer lemon juice
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- ¾ cup white tequila
- Cranberry Jam:
- Using a small saucepan, bring the cranberries, sugar, orange juice and ¼ cup water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, occasionally, until mixture thickens and becomes "jammy". This took only 15 minutes, half the time predicted in the BA version.
- Allow the jam to cool, then cover and chill in fridge.
- Rub the edges of the glasses with the lemon wedge.
- Mix the salt and sugar in a small plate. Dip the rim of each glass in the salt-sugar mix and swirl to coat the rim.
- Combine the cranberry jam, lemon juice, orange juice and tequila in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Cover, shake for 30 seconds, strain and pour into glasses filled with ice cubes.