Cranberry Sauce 11-21-2012

Cranberry Sauced

This Thanksgiving, Take Advantage of the Bog's Bounty

Ah, Thanksgiving. A time to gather around the communal table with family and friends to give thanks for their company and the bountiful feast before you. Problem being, you have to contribute to the aforementioned feast and the two cans of cranberry sauce you brought last year were accepted with the kind of gratitude usually reserved for a Jar Jar Binks balloon at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Never fear our cranberry connoisseurs, you can still bring all that tart-y goodness in a form everyone will enjoy.

Cranberry Margarita

Whoever thought margaritas were solely reserved for summer, meet the seasonally appropriate version filled with enough antioxidants and tequila to fix whatever ails you.

2 cups Tequila (We’re partial to Partida Blanco these days)
1 cup Campari
1-1/3 cups cranberry juice
1 cup fresh or frozen rinsed cranberries
2/3 cup fresh lime juice

First, sample the wares (never cook hungry, as they say).  In your trusty blender add everything and blend with ice until smooth, slushy and teeming with the Thanksgiving spirit. If you’re feeling fancy, skewer a few cranberries on toothpicks to accent the glass or merely strew a fistful of cranberries in their general direction like Pollack completing a canvas. It’s what our ancestors would have wanted.

The Bog Toddy

Next, we have a more hands-on reduction of your canned delicacy from the capable hands of Jorie Lee Morales, everyone’s favorite bartender at L’Artusi. A trendy watering hole in the West Village the editors at #ORG tend to frequent.

“It’s time to spice up your cranberries. Literally. A cranberry reduction is fun, easy, and great way to repurpose your favorite Thanksgiving side. Take whatever cranberry product you have available (juiced, canned, sauce, etc.)  place it in a pot and and bring to a low simmer. Add 1 stick of cinnamon and 2 pieces of star anise, keeping in mind the goal is to impart the spiced flavors into the cranberry, making the simmering time irrelevant. This process allows you to control how much spice you really want. If you want a thicker texture, simmer for longer. If you need to thin it out, add water. Turn off the stove whenever the reduction is to your liking.

Now the boozy part. In a mug or toddy glass, combine the following:

1.5 oz Bols Genever
.5 oz Cherry Heering Liqueur
.5 oz Zucca Amaro
.5 oz Demerara simple syrup

Add your piping hot, spicy cinnamon reduction. A dash of Angostura bitters and an orange peel provides the perfect garnish for your cocktail. You will find the aroma soothing and mouth-watering. Enjoy!”

Thanks Jorie, and Happy Thankgiving from all of us at ORG.

TAGS: Brooks Brothers | cranberry alcohol | cranberry margarita | cranberry reduction | Jorie Lee Morales | L'artusi | of rogues and gentlemen | ORG | recipe | Thanksgiving | West Village

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