It’s day 1 of #ChristmasSweetsWeek! Fun and festive cocktails are a must at any holiday party, and I love creating them to kick off my themed weeks. #ChristmasSweetsWeek brings together 44 bloggers and over 180 recipes featuring fudge, cookies, layer cakes, breakfast sweets, cocoas, martinis, ciders, and much more. Plus, there is a huge giveaway (enter below) with some amazing prizes, just in time for the holidays!
Growing up, whenever we went out for a special dinner with my grandparents, they would order cocktails. My grandfather usually got a CC and Ginger and my grandmother ordered a Madras. The pretty, pink-hued drink graced our dining tables and was her regular cocktail of choice. Years later, I grew fond of the cranberry and orange combination and love having it with vodka or champagne in cocktails. She doesn’t get out much now, but if she did, I’m sure she would still order this beautiful drink.
I love pretty drinking glasses and have loved the Stella Highball Glasses from Joyjolt for a while. They are the perfect size and have a great weight – not too heavy, but heavy enough that I don’t have to worry about them tipping and spilling easily. These were the perfect choice for my Madras. They sent me some other glassware to try out and I cannot wait to create more drinks and cocktails in them.
I strayed just a bit from the traditional recipe by adding some Torani Vanilla Syrup. I love this little hint of sweetness it gives to the cocktail. Torani also sent me their Salted Caramel Syrup and I have some delicious plans for that soon too!
This drink came together in a breeze and you can add lots of fun garnishes to jazz it up. I chose cranberries and orange slices. Sugared cranberries would be beautiful, as well as orange zest spirals. These would even be fun with rock candy sticks too!
Easy Cranberry Orange Madras
By Love and Confections
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 3 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
- 1 1/2 ounces orange juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Torani Vanilla Syrup
- Cranberries and orange slices for garnish
- Place ice in highball glass. Add vodka, cranberry, orange juice, vanilla syrup and stir. Garnish with cranberries and orange slices.
Yield: 1 highball glass
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