By Kelli Acciardo

Published on September 30, 2017

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Since cranberry harvest is right around the corner (the end of September through November specifically), now’s the perfect time to consider the tangy berry when trying a new recipe—like this sweet Bellini.

“I love the unique tart taste and I love the culinary versatility of cranberries,” says Alison Gilmore Carr, Ocean Spray Farmer-Owner. “A good cranberry has a vibrant red color and good firmness and although my favorite way to eat them is straight off the bog, they’re also terrific in sauces, pies, and sorbet.” It also helps that they’re packed with powerful health benefits and nutrients (like Vitamin C, fiber, and manganese).

Delish *and* good for you? We’re sold. Read on for a handful of recipes that highlight the little red fruit.

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Hibiscus Cosmopolitan    

                   
Recipe from Sullivan’s Steakhouse 

  • 1.5  oz. Ketel One
  • .50 oz. St. Germain Elderflower
  • 1 oz. cranberry Juice
  • .50 oz. fresh lime juice
  • .50 oz. Monin Hibiscus Syrup 
  • 1 dry pineapple chip for garnish 

Measure ingredients into mixing glass and add ice. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with dry pineapple chip.  

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Nolet’s Cranberry Cordial

  • 1.25 oz. Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin
  • 1oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. cranberry reduction* 

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Shake well. Fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

*To make cranberry reduction: Add one cup fresh cranberries, one cup orange juice and 1/2 cup simple syrup to a pan. Simmer until reduction is formed. Strain into a glass storage container.

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Autumn Old Fashion

Recipe from The Regency Bar & Grill 

  • 1 orange slice
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon sugar
  • ¾ oz. sweet cranberry nectar (juice from muddled cranberry mixed with Agave nectar strained and chilled)
  • 1 ¾ oz. Basil Hayden Bourbon
  • 2 dashes Angustora Bitters

Put contents in tin and muddle, and add ice and stir. Rim half a rocks glass with cinnamon sugar. Strain contents into glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with orange peel and two fresh cranberries on a cocktail pick.

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Cranberry Lemon Drop Martini

Recipe from Sunriver Resort, A Destination Hotel

  • 2 oz. house-made Limoncello Liquor
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. cranberry Juice

Combine liquor, lemon juice, and simple syrup together in a mixing tin filled with ice, shake until frothy. Pour mixture into a chilled martini glass then add cranberry juice slowly (juice should sink to the bottom of the glass). Garnish with long lemon twist.

More fall flavors:


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