I know, the shame. That is indeed a hastily snapped phone photo of the final product above, but that’s the sort of thing that happens when you’re expecting guests in about 10 minutes and need to make sure the cocktails and appetizers are ready so that you can still balance saying hello to people while making sure dinner gets warmed up within a reasonable amount of time. Because that’s what this cocktail was for — a party.
This was something of a post-holiday gathering for a group of friends, but even if the time for peppermint and other obviously holiday-ish things has passed, there’s nothing wrong with a little cranberry, right? The juices and spices here are a nice way to indulge in some of the best parts of this time of year, whether you choose to have this drink during the holiday season itself or slightly before or after it. And if — like me — you find yourself with an odd surplus of vodka in your home, then a concoction like this is a good way to get rid of it….