Cranberry Kir Royale
- prep time5 min
- total time 20 min
- serves 4
Whip up these fancy-looking cocktails, perfect for parties and get-togethers during the holiday season.
2 cups frozen cranberries, plus 1/2 cup for garnish
¼ cup sugar
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
1 bottle Champagne
1. Add cranberries, orange juice, zest and sugar to a large pan and set over medium heat until berries break-down slightly and liquid is syrupy, 12 to 15 minutes. *Pour into a blender and process, be careful of the hot liquid expanding when you blend - use a towel over the top of the blender.
2. Strain and discard any solids then set aside and cool.
3. Pour 2 tablespoons of cranberry-orange syrup into the bottoms of 4 chilled champagne glasses. Add a few cranberries to each glass and gently top off each glass with Champagne.
4. *When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.