Homemade cranberry syrup makes this a perfect drink to dazzle during the holidays.

Ingredients

Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons demerara sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

  • 1 oz cranberry simple syrup
  • Kaffir lime
  • Champagne
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish

Preparation

To create simple syrup

In a saucepan over low heat add the sugar and the water; stir. Cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 8 minutes. Do not bring to a boil, keep at low heat. Add the cranberries, stir, and remove from the heat. Let cool. Bottle and then store in refrigerator until ready to use.

To make cocktail

In a champagne flute, add the simple syrup and the juice from 1/4 of a kaffir lime.

Using the rind that you just squeezed juice from, lightly rub around the rim of the flute.

Top the simple syrup with Champagne.

Thread some fresh cranberries onto a cocktail stirrer and garnish. Serve. Sip.