Chef Donna’s Spice-Roasted Cranberry Sparkling Cocktail

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Recipe:  Spice-Roasted Cranberry Sparkling Cocktail

Makes enough for 6 to 8 drinks


This is a fun beverage that can be made with tequila, vodka, sparkling wine, or just plain ginger ale, club soda or sparkling water.  It’s like a holiday ‘Shirley Temple’!


1 cup whole fresh cranberries

About 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice blend

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup candied ginger

1 cup water

Sparkling wine, Club Soda, or sparkling water


Preheat oven to 425° degrees.  Arrange cold cranberries on a small baking sheet; generously sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice blend. Roast 8 minutes, shaking the pan to move the berries around about half-way through roasting time.  Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, make a gingered simple syrup by combining the sugar, candied ginger and water in saucepan.  Heat on medium-high until sugar dissolves completely, and the mixture comes to a boil.  Remove from heat and let steep 15 minutes.  Add spice-roasted cranberries and let steep at least 1 hour at room temperature.  Strain, reserving cranberries and ginger for garnish; pour infused simple syrup into a serving container.

For each drink:  Pour 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) of syrup into champagne flute, rocks glass or martini glass.  Top with sparkling wine and a splash of club soda or sparkling water.  Optional, add a bit of tequila or omit all the alcohol and just use ginger ale, club soda or sparkling water.  Garnish with reserved cranberries and ginger.