Total TimePrep: 30 min + chilling
- 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
- 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.
Editor's NoteWear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts1 serving (calculated without garnishes): 252 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
Feb 7, 2018
i cant wait to try this. i am in south africa though and dont think i have ever seen this, turbinado (washed raw) sugar, what can i use as substitute
Feb 5, 2018
I'm the first to review, but I wish I'd had some other reviews to go on. I'm on the fence with this cocktail. I think it would have been better if I'd used a better brand of vodka. Grey Goose instead of Smirnoff let's say. This might sound obvious but, the first cocktail wasn't impressive to me in fact, I vowed not to make this recipe again. But by the second and third cocktail, I liked them better. There is a subtle hint of the jalapeno, I don't know that it's necessary, but it makes the cocktail a bit interesting.