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Spiced-Cranberry Martinis

Here’s a Thanksgiving tradition we started in our family several years ago thanks to the great recipe by Cathy Pollak from www.noblepig.com who used to write for us before she moved to Oregon to open her own winery. It’s a great, festive way to greet your guests as they arrive for Thanksgiving dinner.

Spiced Cranberry Martinis

3 cups cranberry juice cocktail
3 cups water
1 ½ cups vodka, divided
1 cup granulated sugar
12 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise pod
Fresh cranberries

In a large saucepan combine water, cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks, star anise and whole cloves; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove spices and cool completely. This may be made up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerated.

Put cranberries on toothpicks and freeze for garnish.To a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, add ½ cup of spiced-cranberry simple syrup, ¼ cup vodka and a splash of orange juice. Shake and strain into martini glasses and garnish with frozen cranberry skewers.

Thanks Cathy for this recipe that is now a part of our Thanksgiving tradition! Our family also likes her Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake with Apple Cider Glaze this time of year. It is so easy and quick to make. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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