Cranberry Fizz

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Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.I’m a huge fan of easy cocktails. When I go to a fancy bar and look at the amazing combinations of flavors and bizarre concoctions they come up with, I realize the drinks I make at home simply can’t compare. What I do make, however, are simple drinks that taste good. What more do you need, really?

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love. If you want a fancy drink with black walnut bitters and habanero infused absinthe, you’re best bet is to visit any of the trendy bars in Portland, Oregon. You’ll never see me come up with something crazy like that. What you will see are drinks like this Cranberry Fizz.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.This tart and tasty cocktail starts with 100% cranberry juice, fresh orange juice, and sugar. I basically make a simple syrup by cooking these things together, but I take it a step farther and continue cooking until I end up with a thick ruby red syrup.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.You can turn this into a non-alcoholic mocktail like I did for my kids by just mixing this syrup with sparkling water, or in my case sparkling cranberry lime water. That, all by itself, is downright delicious. If you’re looking to make a cocktail, however, an ice cold shot of vodka does the trick.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.Just to make this drink extra pretty, I love freezing fresh cranberries in ice cubes. When you add a few cranberries and only fill the ice cubes wells half way up and let them freeze, you can top them with more water and freeze in order to get the cranberries to get frozen in the middle. Enjoy!

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.

Cranberry Fizz
 
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Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Yields: 2 drinks
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • juice from one orange
  • 2 shots vodka
  • 12 ounces sparkling water
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cranberry juice, sugar, and orange juice and cook until reduced by half while swirling occasionally, about 15 minutes.
  2. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. To make cocktail, combine sweetened cranberry syrup with vodka. Mix well. Divide between two ice filled glasses. Top with sparkling water.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.
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Easy Peppermint Mocha

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Don’t waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

I absolutely love this time of year. Without the holidays, it would be dreadfully difficult to get through a dark and rainy Portland winter. Everything I love about the holidays – the lights, the gifts, the homemade treats, the hot comforting drinks – it all gets me through each day with a warm smile on my face.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

I absolutely love holiday themed coffee drinks. I look forward to them every year. What I don’t enjoy is paying over five bucks for a single drink. That’s why I was so excited when I found this International Delight Peppermint Mocha when I was shopping last week at Target! Being able to make my favorite drink at home just encourages me to slow down and enjoy the magical moments, whether I’m curled up by the fire with my loved ones or entertaining all of my favorite friends. And that’s really what the holidays are all about.  

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

This coffee drink is really easy to make. I used one of those instant coffee packs, but instead of putting in the full 8 ounces of water that the instructions called for, I only used 4 ounces. Then, I steamed and frothed up some chocolate milk. Already sounds pretty good, right? Well, that’s a plain mocha right there. what I did was elevate the drink to holiday status by adding some of the Peppermint Mocha. Oh. My. YUM.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Top that with some whipped cream because, well, it wouldn’t be a holiday drink without some whipped cream, right?

If you want extra savings on a drink like this, you can download and use Cartwheel and the 5% off coupon on International Delight Coffee Creamer, Silk Coffee Creamer and Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamer from 12/1/15 – 12/24/2015. Target’s Cartwheel app allows you to search for offers, scan products for coupons, and save them all to your own personal savings barcode to be scanned at checkout. Use Cartwheel to build your shopping list so you don’t forget anything, making life just a little bit easier this holiday season.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Easy Peppermint Mocha
 
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Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 1 individual pack of finely ground instant coffee
  • 4 ounces boiling water
  • 4 ounces chocolate milk
  • 1 tablespoon International Delight Peppermint Mocha creamer
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. In a large cup, mix instant coffee and boiling water. Heat chocolate milk on stove top or in microwave and then whisk to froth, or if you have a frother heat the milk in there. Add to the coffee mixture.
  2. Stir in the Peppermint Mocha Creamer.
  3. Top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

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