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Cranberry-Jalapeno Martini

 Cranberry-Jalapeno Martini
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup turbinado (washed raw) sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cranberry juice, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • Ice cubes
  • 6 cups vodka
  • Fresh mint leaves and additional cranberries

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/2 cup cranberry juice,
  • cranberries and jalapeno. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer,
  • uncovered, for 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from
  • the heat. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
  • Strain; discarding cranberries and jalapeno. Cover and refrigerate
  • syrup for at least 2 hours or until chilled.
  • For each serving, fill a mixing glass or tumbler three-fourths full
  • with ice. Add 3 ounces vodka, 1 tablespoon cranberry juice and 1
  • tablespoon cranberry syrup; stir until condensation forms on outside
  • of glass. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Repeat. Garnish with
  • mint and cranberries if desired. Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (calculated without garnishes) equals 252 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.