Saturday, February 11, 2012

Prosecco for a Valentines Day Toast

    Saint Valentines day, a sweet (literally) day filled with kind gestures toward a love interest or a romantic interest in which we send valentines day cards, candy and or flowers. Our modern day symbols often include cupids, heart shaped cards, gift boxes, and white darling doves. We associate these symbols along with vivid colors in shades of red, pink, and purple when we go shopping for that special day.
    Today I share another recipe with you, the color of a soft light rose -  Ruby Sippers (orange cranberry syrup) which takes a few minutes to make but is relatively easy to whip up.  It looks very glamorous and elegant in champagne glasses combined with champagne or prosecco.

    Ruby Sippers
    Makes 6 cocktails
    Recipe can be doubled
    Pulse in processor
    1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
    1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
    Put into saucepan over med. heat and then add
    1 cup sugar 
    1 orange and ( zest of the orange - use micro planer or zester) and juice of 1 orange
    If desired rub the rims of champagne flutes with and orange and dip in red sugar and set aside.
    Simmer in a saucepan over med. heat w/ sugar, orange rind, and juice until syrupy about 10 min. Strain and cool to room temperature.
    Pour 1 to 2 Tlbs. into bottom of glasses then top with sparkling wine. Garnish cocktails with whole cranberries or berries of your choice if desired.

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