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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New Mexican Posolé

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This New Mexican Posolé is a spicy, hearty, filling low carb stew filled with fiber and protein that tastes great and will make you feel fantastic.

This New Mexican Posolé is a spicy, hearty, filling low carb stew filled with fiber and protein that tastes great and will make you feel fantastic.

I lived in New Mexico for a few years in my late teens and early 20s. I didn’t appreciate all that the state had to offer when I lived there. I loved the hot air balloons and the fact that you could watch multiple thunderstorms over a horizon that appeared to never end, but I didn’t fully appreciate the food or the culture until I moved away.

This New Mexican Posolé is a spicy, hearty, filling low carb stew filled with fiber and protein that tastes great and will make you feel fantastic.

I actually wasn’t a fan of spicy food until I got pregnant with my oldest. I’m not sure what those pregnancy hormones did to my brain or my taste buds, but something happened during that pregnancy that triggered not only a love for spicy foods, but for everything-pickled as well. Almost a year ago, a co-worker of mine brought back a giant bag of red New Mexican dried chiles. They’ve been sitting in my pantry just waiting to be transformed into something wonderful. I make the chile sauce separately and add just enough to make the posole mild so that my kids can eat it, then I add extra sauce for the husband and I to take it to a level where our foreheads begin to sweat when we eat it. So far I’ve made some homemade enchilada sauce (recipe to come) and this posole which I thought was outstanding. Posole is basically a soup or a stew that is made with pork and hominy and its flavored with chili sauce. I found a great Huffington Post article that will explain it to you titled: What the Hell is Hominy, Anyway? If you don’t know what hominy is, read the article.

Posole is about as traditional New Mexican as you can get. This savory New Mexican stew is almost always served on Saint’s Day feasts at the pueblos and at Christmas and New Year’s gatherings of families and friends. I love to top mine with avocado and a ton of shredded cheese (not pictured). If its wrong to put cheese on posole, then I don’t want to be right.

This New Mexican Posolé is a spicy, hearty, filling low carb stew filled with fiber and protein that tastes great and will make you feel fantastic.

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This New Mexican Posolé is a spicy, hearty, filling low carb stew filled with fiber and protein that tastes great and will make you feel fantastic.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 dried New Mexican red chile pods, stemmed and seeded
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or avocado oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 pound pork roast (shoulder or loin, trimmed of surface fat and cut in bite-sized cubes)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans posole (hominy), drained
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon salt, or more to taste
Instructions
  1. Boil about 2 cups of water. Add your dried chiles that have had the stems and seeds removed to a large bowl. Cover with boiling water and weigh down with another plate to ensure they are fully submerged. Allow to soak for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Transfer softened chiles along with 1 1/2 cups of the soaking water and the chopped garlic to a blender. Process until smooth and set aside.
  3. In a large saute pan, cook the onion and pork on high heat, turning only once, for a total of about 8 minutes to brown. Transfer onion and pork to a slow cooker.
  4. Add chicken broth, hominy, salt, and 3/4 cup of the chile sauce to the slow cooker. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred pork, if desired, before serving.
  5. To serve, top with fresh cilantro, avocado, shredded cheese, and additional chile sauce for extra spice.

This New Mexican Posolé is a spicy, hearty, filling low carb stew filled with fiber and protein that tastes great and will make you feel fantastic.
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Citrus Celebration Cocktail

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If you’re looking for a fabulous party cocktail made with champagne and is easy to make for a crowd, this Citrus Celebration Cocktail is the perfect choice!

Citrus Celebration Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

This time of year, people are looking for amazing drinks that they can sip as 2014 slips away and we enter the new year. One can never go wrong with a nice glass of champagne, but why not make it even better? Champagne is a great mixer. Its dry and bubbly so it pairs beautifully sweet and sour, which this drink is. A little splash of vodka mixed in and the result is a lip smacking wonderfully delicious cocktail that will surely make you feel good. So go ahead, get your celebration on and make some of these wonderful drinks!

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If you're looking for a fabulous party cocktail made with champagne and is easy to make for a crowd, this Citrus Celebration Cocktail is the perfect choice!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 lemons, washed
  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) Champagne, chilled
  • 3/4 cup vodka, chilled
Instructions
  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of zest from the lemons.You can make long straight strips or make one long spiral.
  2. In small pot, make simple syrup by heating sugar and water over low heat until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat, add lemon zest, and chill until ready to use.
  3. Juice lemons, set aside.
  4. Pour Champagne, vodka, lemon juice, and syrup into a punch bowl; stir. Keep punch bowl on a block of ice to keep the cocktail chilled. Serve glasses of punch with candied peels as garnish.
Notes
If making only one or two drinks, the proportions you can use are 3 parts champagne, 1 part vodka, 1 part lemon juice, 1 part simple syrup

 

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Lapostolle Champagne Cocktail

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Celebrate the New Year with this beautiful, delicious, and easy to make Lapostolle Champagne Cocktail with a splash of Grand Marnier.

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I struggle to come up with clever names for cocktails. I could always name this what it is: Champagne and Grand Marnier With a Twist Cocktail, but that’s not only boring, its too long. I ended up naming it a Lapostolle Cocktail because Grand Marnier was created in 1880 by founder Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle. BAM! There’s your title.

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This drink is exactly what you want in a New Year’s Eve drink:

1. It has champagne (kind of mandatory, right?)

2. Its easy to make. No mixing needed, so keep those glasses topped off.

3. Its tasty. Another one of those mandatory things. And, depending on people’s taste, you can add none of the juice from your clementine or mandarin orange, or you can add a lot to sweeten it up. Whatever floats your boat.

4. Its pretty. I mean, people love it when you have perfectly chilled bubbles and a vibrant strip of zest. What’s not to love?

4. Its strong. Take your guests’ keys, have the cab company on speed dial, and get ready to have fun!

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Celebrate the New Year with this beautiful, delicious, and easy to make Lapostolle Champagne Cocktail with a splash of Grand Marnier.
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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 4 ounces champagne, chilled
  • Clementine peel, for garnish*
  • Squeeze of clementine juice, if desired
Instructions
  1. Use a peeler to remove a thin strip of clementine peel. Shape into spiral and add to champagne flute.
  2. Pour Grand Marnier into flute.
  3. Top with champagne.
  4. If desired, add a squeeze of the clementine juice to the cocktail to sweeten it up.
Notes
* May use a Mandarin orange

 

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