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December 20, 2014 / mintcustard

Cranberry and orange vodka cocktails.

Cranberry and orange vodka cocktails.

Cranberry and orange vodka cocktails.

I’m not much of a vodka drinker, unlike others in my house, however I’m always willing to try new things. So when I was asked to try some Aldi spirits as the base for Christmas cocktails how could I refuse. I have used the Aldi spirits before in Easter cocktails so I know they work well. This particular cocktail uses Tamova vodka.

My personal preference is always for fruit and spirit based cocktails rather than cream.

According to Delia, nothing says “Christmas”, more than fresh cranberries. Add in some orange or clementine juice and vodka and you are away. Fresh cranberries are a little tart so it seemed sensible to make a cranberry sauce as a base for the cocktail. The only sweetener in this cocktail is the sugar in the sauce as it is topped up with sparking water.

Ingredients for the cranberry base.

Ingredients for the cranberry base.

 

Cranberry and Orange vodka cocktails.

Cranberry base.

1 cup of cranberrys

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of orange juice

  • Place the ingredients into a heavy based pan. Stir.
  • Bring slowly up to the boil, until the cranberries all begin to pop.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Decant into a bowl and allow to cool.
Crushed ice!

Crushed ice!

Cranberry orange vodka cocktails.

2 tablespoons of cranberry base

2 shots of Tamova vodka

sparkling water to taste

lime wedge to serve

ice

Tamova Vodka

Tamova Vodka

  • Half fill a tall glass with ice.
  • Add in the cranberry base. Muddle the ice and base together.
  • Tip in the vodka.
  • Stir well with a long handles spoon.
  • Top up with sparkling water.
  • Pop a lime wedge on the side.
  • Add a straw and indulge.

I was sent a selection of Aldi spirits to try, along with a bar set and a voucher for additional ingredients. I was not asked for a positive review.

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