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          3 Orange-Cranberry Cocktails to Put You in a Festive Mood

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          Cranberries and oranges may scream holiday baking , but this flavor combo deserves a spot on your cocktail cart, too. Whip up a batch of homemade orange-cranberry vodka (which also happens to make a great gift ) ,then play mix master with these festive cocktail variations.

          Orange-Cranberry Cosmo

          Yield: 1 cocktail

          Any cosmo lover can tell you this classic drink already incorporates orange and cranberry flavors, so using the infused vodka is a no-brainer. The flavors end up being even more intense and more delicious than normal. And while a cosmo is typically served in a martini glass, you could always go with a coupe glass and a cranberry garnish for a festive touch.

          Ingredients

          • 2 ounces orange-cranberry vodka
          • ½ ounce cointreau or triple sec
          • ½  ounce cranberry juice
          • ½ ounce  fresh lime juice

          Directions

          In a shaker, combine all ingredients. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds, or until cold. Strain into a coupe or martini glass and garnish with a whole cranberry to serve.

          Winter Sangria

          Yield: 1 cocktail

          Sangria is usually a boozy fruit punch served in the summer, but why wouldn't you enjoy it all year 'round? This winter version has warm citrus flavors that are just right for sippin' in front of a cozy fireplace. Orange bitters are the secret ingredient — pick 'em up at your local liquor store.

          Ingredients

          • 1 ounce orange-cranberry vodka
          • 1½ ounce red wine
          • ¾  ounce cointreau or triple sec
          • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
          • 2 dashes orange bitters

          Directions

          In a shaker, combine all ingredients. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds, or until cold. Strain into a stemless wine glass and garnish with an orange wedge to serve.

          Cranberry Moscow Mule

          Yield: 1 cocktail

          If you love the bright, spicy flavor of a good ginger beer, this cocktail's for you. Adding cranberry-infused vodka to the mix gives this mule a hint of berry flavor and a deep red color that is totally party-ready. Skip the traditional copper mugs and go for clear glassware to let that color shine.

          Ingredients

          Directions

          Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in vodka and lime juice and stir to combine. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh cranberries and a lime wedge. Serve with a straw.

          Substitutions

          These drinks all call for orange-cranberry infused vodka. But if you don't have time to make any, substitute regular vodka with a few modifications:

          Cranberry Orange Cosmo: Reduce vodka to 1½ oz and add and additional ½ oz cranberry juice

          Winter Sangria: Add in ½ oz cranberry juice without changing any other quantities

          Cranberry Moscow Mule: Add in 1 oz cranberry juice and ¼ oz cointreau or triple sec without changing any other quantities

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