Holiday Cheers!

Food & Drink December 4th, 2012


Santa’s not the only one with a rosy glow this holiday season and eggnog is not the only festive holiday drink. In Danny Meyer’s excellent cocktail book Mix Shake Stir, he offers up a recipe for a gorgeous (and tasty) Winter Mojito with Drunken Cranberries and another for a Pomegranate Gimlet.

Pictured above, left, the Winter Mojito in a William Yeoward silver and crystal Kelly shaker and two crystal Maggie glasses, and the pomegranate gimlet is in Yeoward’s Corinne tall cocktail tumbler. Below is the mojito recipe, complete with the addictive Drunken Cranberries. Cheers!


Winter Mojito

From Mix Shake Stir

Yield: 1 cocktail


Ice cubes and crushed ice

2 teaspoons Drunken Cranberries, plus 2 teaspoons of the their liquid

2 lime wedges

8 sprigs mint, plus more leaves for garnish

2½ ounces dark rum

Soda water to taste


Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. Muddle 1 teaspoon of the cranberries and the 2 teaspoons of liquid, the lime wedges and the mint sprigs in a cocktail shaker. Add the rum and crushed ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the glass and top with soda. Garnish with mint and the remaining teaspoon of cranberries.


Drunken Cranberries

Yield: About 3 cups


1½ cups simple syrup

2 cinnamon sticks

Zest from 1 large orange

1 cup fresh cranberries

1½  cups white rum


In a large saucepan, combine the simple syrup, cinnamon sticks, and the orange zest. Bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, and add cranberries.  Cook until the cranberries just begin to pop and skins begin to split, about 1 minute.

Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add rum.

Let cool, then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 weeks.

About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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